I think this is pretty cool project to work on, if you have the time.
Quote:Ancient Lives is a collaboration between a diverse collection of Oxford Papyrologists and Researchers, The Imaging Papyri Project, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project, the Egypt Exploration Society and the following institutions.
The papyri belong to the Egypt Exploration Society and their texts will eventually be published and numbered in Society's Greco-Roman Memoirs series in the volumes entitled The Oxyrhynchus Papyri.
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From the Oxyrhynchus Story page on site
Quote:....With about 100 men from the local village, Grenfell and Hunt dug in the high winds roaring across the desert. But enduring this constant barrage of flying sand paid off. In early January of 1897 a papyrus containing the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas was unearthed, and then a fragment of St. Matthewâ€™s Gospel.
The flow of papyri began. Within a few years not only Thucydides and Plato were delicately pulled from the sand, but also Greek lyric poetry that had not been seen or read in about 1000 years. Further, the private documents of this vanished city were collected en masse: private letters, accounts, wills, marriage certificates, land leases, etc. Ancient garbage became a modern treasure.
By 1907 the digging ceased. 700 boxes of papyri, potentially carrying about 500,000 fragments, made the long journey back to Oxford, where Grenfell and Hunt opened up a new branch of study: papyrology. A little over a century later, only a small percentage has been edited by scholars. The Oxyrhynchus collection is owned and overseen by the Egypt Exploration Society.
The study of this ancient city and its lives continues, and new texts are still waiting to be discovered.
To help translate these ancient documents for me is a great privilege. Alway love to read about Archeology from across the world but to help out with Egyptian papyri translations is fantastic.