Oxford 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.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Oxford University wants help decoding Egyptian papyri