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Submission + - Crowdsourcing translations of papyrus fragments (discovery.com)

derGoldstein writes: A story on Discovery reposts that: "Hundreds of thousands of papyrus fragments, retrieved 100 years ago from a dry rubbish dump in the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, have been put online in a bid to crowdsource translations. Written in Greek during a period when Egypt was under the control of a Greek (and later Roman) settler class, the texts include a variety of documents — from works of literature, letters, receipts to gossip. ... Since the website’s launch on Tuesday, volunteers have already transcribed more than 100,000 characters, according to Ancient Lives". If you think you can help, start here.

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