Scientists read a sealed 300 year old letter without opening it

Scientists read a sealed 300 year old letter without opening it

Scientists use technology to read centuries old letters sealed with “letters”.

Nature communications

The contents of a handwritten European letter sealed for 300 years are no longer a secret, thanks to a technique that allows researchers to peek inside with virtually no damage to the finely folded historical document.

In the letter of July 31, 1697, Jacques Sennacques asked his cousin Pierre Le Pers, French merchant in The Hague, for a certified true copy of a death notice from Daniel Le Pers. It’s not a historical reveal, but the technique that revealed the claim may hold promise for unlocking a sealed match containing historical gems across time and place.

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