A walk that is short the Ashmolean, the Centre for the research of Ancient Documents (CSAD) is making waves from the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies on St Giles’. The interview happens to be set up to learn more about new imaging technology which is getting used to reveal previously illegible inscriptions that are ancient.
I’m here to meet 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 several nice types of this: calling out on Twitter for the interested public to have a stab at translating these inscriptions that are ancient.
The second person I’m meeting today is Ben Altshuler, ‘our amazing RTI whizzkid.’ RTI, or Reflectance Transformation Imaging, may be the software used to decipher previously impenetrable inscriptions. Ben Altshuler, 20, has been dealing with CSAD on his gap before starting a Classics degree at Harvard later this year year.