Old Manuscripts and dead languages, and then?
Maybe part of a solution, or, at least, more pieces to the puzzle.
Quote that caught my attention, though?
Richard Janko, of the University of Michigan, argues that books are a special case, archeologically, and should be excavated regardless. “Books are a different kind of artifact,” he said. “You can gain knowledge of a whole way of life through a single book. They are designed to carry information across the centuries.”