$250K offered to decode ancient Roman scrolls

Former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman says machine learning could uncover what Vesuvius hid.

Former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman is helping fund $250,000 in prizes aimed at seeing if someone can use machine learning and computer vision to make sense of papyrus scrolls that were buried by the dead… [+1248 chars]


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It’s not a Roman dildo, it’s a drop spindle | Letter

Linsey Duncan-Pitt offers another explanation for the 2,000-year-old artefact that’s being touted as a sex toy As an avid spinner of yarn who uses a drop spindle, a dildo was not the first explanation that came to mind when I perused your article and the acco…

This 2,000-year-old Roman dildo is probably… not that

Last month, Newcastle University archaeologists suggested that this rather phallic object above is a 2,000-year-old Roman dildo. The 16 cm object—dug up at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland, England—was also thought to be a darning tool for sewin…

Roman 'shrine' discovered in cathedral graveyard could be a sacrifice site linked to fertility and mystery cults, say archaeologists

Leicester is one of the most excavated cities in Britain, as it was originally the site of a Roman town named Ratae Corieltavorum.


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