Charred Papyri from Vesuvius

papiros carbonizados por el Vesubio / papyri charred by Vesuvius

Initially, it was thought that these objects were just burned logs which led the first excavators to use many of them as fuel for bonfires and torches. However, it was later discovered that these pieces of charred wood were actually papyri that were part of Pisón’s extensive philosophical library.