Hi! It’s Thursday, June 13, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 12 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
ClickScholar Dorothy suggested this website, a collaboration between a diverse collection of Oxford Papyrologists and researchers, the Egypt Exploration Society, and the Citizen Science Alliance, that allows you to actually contribute your time and energy to help scholars decipher fragments of ancient Greek manuscripts.
The papyrus fragments that are thousands of years old, were excavated from what was once the city of Oxyrhynchus, Egypt in 1897. Scholars have worked to restore and translate the documents which have already provided some astounding historic revelations. But the process is so slow-going that researchers are seeking volunteers to help them transcribe the documents.
You don’t need to know the Greek language to volunteer. You simply need time, patience, and an ability to match characters in the snippets of papyrus with symbols at the website.
When you get to the site, you’ll see photos of the excavation site. Click on “About” on the horizontal menu at the top of the page to learn more about the project, the research, and the story behind the excavation.
Then CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL to learn how to match up characters and do this work. If you want to give it a try, you will have to register to participate. Your work will be automatically saved and reviewed by scholars who will then translate the texts.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help unlock the secrets of ancient history.