The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents

A short walk from the Ashmolean, the Centre for the research of Ancient Documents (CSAD) is making waves through the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies on St Giles’. The interview has been set up to learn more about new imaging technology that is being used to show previously illegible ancient inscriptions.

I’m here to satisfy Dr Jane Massйglia, an Oxford alumna, former secondary teacher and now research fellow for AshLI (the Ashmolean Latin Inscription Project). Jane actively works to encourage general engagement that is public translating these ancient documents. There are many nice examples of this: calling out on Twitter when it comes to interested public to have a stab at translating these inscriptions that are ancient.

The person that is second meeting today is Ben Altshuler, ‘our amazing RTI whizzkid.’ RTI, or Reflectance Transformation Imaging, may be the software used to decipher inscriptions that are previously impenetrable. Ben Altshuler, 20, has been dealing with CSAD on his gap year prior to starting a Classics degree at Harvard later this year. (more…)