Brent Seales, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, University of Kentucky, will address the Friends of Herculaneum Society Saturday 16 January at 4:00 pm in the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford. Advert below; all are most welcome - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
"More Advances in Digital Unwrapping: Homer, Herculaneum and the Scroll from Ein Gedi"
Progress over the past fifteen years in the digitisation and analysis of texts found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts, scrolls) led last year to the astonishing discovery of eight verses of Leviticus deep inside a carbonised scroll from the ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, Israel. This paper will tell the story of emerging methods for imaging and analysis culminating in a personal account of the discovery, the people involved, and the technical approaches used, which will be hugely important for the decipherment of the Herculaneum papyri.