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Professor Obbink's Ancient Lives

Professor Dirk Obbink

Christ Church's Professor Dirk Obbink is Director of The Ancient Lives project, through which internet users are helping scholars at Oxford University to transcribe 2,000-year-old documents.

In the 1890s archaeologists dug up a huge haul of papyri written in ancient Greek but, until last year, scholars had managed to translate just one per cent of them.

Now thousands of internet users have already helped to transcribe more texts than diligent scholars had managed in the previous 100 years in this ‘extraordinary example of citizen science'.

Dr Dirk Obink, is interviewed about the exciting project here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2013/may/17/children-ancient-texts-citizen-science-video

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