Saturday, April 28, 2012

Online resources for study of writing surfaces

Egypt Exploration Society

Following the very successful seminar on scribes and writing surfaces, 'Inside the Mind of the Scribe' at Doughty Mews on 14 April 2012, we are delighted to be able to provide links to a number of online resources to support research into the topics discussed in the seminar.

Prof. Tait referred to an article of Jac. J. Janssen's, 'On Style in Egyptian Handwriting', which was published in the JEA (vol 73, 1987). The article is available via JSTOR to those members who subscribe: Long considered a primary research source for palaeographic studies, this article outlines how a single, common word (the late Egyptian pA, 'the') can be used to distinguish between scribal hands.

Dr Obbink introduced the Ancient Lives project,, which is a crowd-sourcing enterprise, allowing members of the public to transcribe Oxyrhynchus Papyri fragments, and submit them to the professional translators for batch processing and translation. 

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