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HAA-263850-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Kentucky Research FoundationReading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022$500,000.00WilliamBrentSeales   University of Kentucky Research FoundationLexingtonKY40506-0004USA2018ClassicsDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities45000050000449977.5650000

The continued development of computerized techniques to recover writings from the Herculaneum library, the entire collections of which were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BCE.

Using authentic materials from national libraries in Italy and France, this project will apply proven computerized techniques and innovate new approaches to reveal the hidden writing in the most iconic collection of damaged humanities manuscripts--the scrolls from Herculaneum. During this phase of the project, key goals are to develop and analyze a new method for recovering and enhancing ink signals from within scrolls and manuscripts, and to develop new machine-learning (AI) techniques to render those signals into visible text.