Sadly, many surviving documents are so damaged that they cannot be read using traditional methods:
Exciting finds like the Scrolls and the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt tempt us to think that when a lost document is found, we will easily physically read it once we understand the language.
(= fat chance if this is the document)
AI can help decipher such badly damaged texts.News, “Does AI challenge Biblical archeology?” at Mind Matters News
As with the Dead Sea Scrolls, when they did decipher it, using AI, they found it was the same Scriptural texts as elsewhere. Which reinforces the fact that ancient peoples were not in the habit of simply rewriting the Scriptures now and then according to taste.
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