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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:50 PM

'Crowd-sourcing' website to decipher ancient writing

The Oxford academic trying to crack an ancient undeciphered writing system has set up a website to "crowd-source" help from the public.

Jacob Dahl was so overwhelmed by offers of help from BBC News website readers that he has made a website to harness their code-breaking skills.

Dr Dahl wants to decipher proto-Elamite texts on 5,000-year-old clay tablets.

Among those offering help is the grandson of one of the archaeologists who unearthed them over a century ago.


Website referred to here : http://cdli.ox.ac.uk/wiki/proto-elamite

Sounds like Linear B revisited.

edit to add ; anyone interested in Linear B go to Youtube and search A Very English Genius (part1) then go to part2 etc. Its a BBC documentary on the subject of Michael Ventris who cracked it.

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