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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oxford University wants help decoding Egyptian papyri

Oxford University wants help decoding Egyptian papyriOxford University is asking for help deciphering ancient Greek texts written on fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of images have gone on display on a website which encourages armchair archaeologists to help catalogue and translate them. Researchers hope the collective effort will give them a unique insight into life in Egypt nearly 2,000 years ago. Project specialist Paul Ellis said: "Online images are a window into ancient lives." The collection is made up of papyri recovered in the early 20th Century from the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, the so-called "City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish". At the time the city was under Greek rule. Later the Romans settled the area. The papyri contain literature, letters and even a story about how Jesus Christ cast out demons

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