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HAA-263850-19
Reading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum
William Seales, University of Kentucky Research Foundation

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=HAA-263850-19

Reading the Herculaneum Papyri: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Reading the Herculaneum Papyri: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Abstract: Professor Seales reveals latest technology for virtually unwrapping and reading the Herculaneum scrolls.
Author: W. Brent Seales
Date: 10/19/2019
Location: The Getty Villa, Malibu California
Primary URL: https://youtu.be/g-7-Xg75CCI
Primary URL Description: YouTube channel for the Getty Center
Secondary URL: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1OyHOC0VIG2bnTWbj689Dq1fqMW3njUih
Secondary URL Description: Google drive for sharing files; edited version that only contains Professor Seales lecture.

Reading the Herculaneum Papyrii: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Reading the Herculaneum Papyrii: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Abstract: Hundreds of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 were recovered from the ancient Roman residence known today as the Villa dei Papiri. Containing mostly Greek philosophical texts, these fragile scrolls and their contents have fascinated scholars since their rediscovery in 1752. Classicists David Blank of UCLA and Richard Janko of the University of Michigan discuss early and current attempts to open the fragile layers and decipher their texts, and computer scientist W. Brent Seales of the University of Kentucky shares how advances in technology and machine learning might allow the still unopened ancient book rolls to be "virtually unwrapped" and read. Reception to follow and galleries will be open until 8:00 p.m. Support provided by the American Friends of Herculaneum Society.
Author: W.B.Seales
Date: 10/19/2019
Location: The Getty Villa
Primary URL: https://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_2831.html
Primary URL Description: Getty Villa announcement of event

The Promise of Virtual Unwrapping: Reading the Invisible Library (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Promise of Virtual Unwrapping: Reading the Invisible Library
Abstract: The UCLA/Getty Conservation Program presents “The man who can read the unreadable,” computer scientist and professor W. Brent Seales, the first speaker in the 50th Anniversary Lecture Series. Currently a Getty Conservation Institute Scholar, Seales and his team have been key to revealing texts on papyri that are too fragile to unroll, such as Homers “Iliad” and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The recipient of a $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Seales will discuss how technological progress over the past ten years has led to the promise of “virtual unwrapping” for reading the “invisible library” of scrolls found at Herculaneum; papyri that were buried and burned in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 70 CE. Reservations requested. Click here to RSVP by January 8. For more information call 310-825-4004. Friends of the Cotsen Institute are invited to a private reception with Dr. Seales at 6pm. To learn more about the Friends visit their page or contact Michelle Jacobson at mjacobson@ioa.ucla.edu. Seales is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kentucky. His research applies data science and computer vision to challenges in the digital restoration and visualization of antiquities. In 2012-13, he was a Google Visiting Scientist in Paris, where he continued work on the “virtual unwrapping” of the Herculaneum scrolls. In 2015, Seales and his research team identified the oldest known Hebrew copy of the book of Leviticus (other than the Dead Sea Scrolls), carbon dated to the third century C.E. The reading of the text from within the damaged scroll has been hailed as one of the most significant discoveries in biblical archaeology of the past decade.
Author: W.B.Seales
Date: 01/14/2020
Location: The campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
Primary URL: https://ioa.ucla.edu/content/promise-virtual-unwrapping-reading-invisible-library

Reading the Invisible Library (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Reading the Invisible Library
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Progress over the past decade in the digitization and analysis of text found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts, scrolls) has led to new methods for reading the “invisible library”. This talk explains the development of non-invasive methods, showing results from restoration projects on Homeric manuscripts, Herculaneum material, and Dead Sea scrolls. Premised on “virtual unwrapping” as an engine for discovery, the presentation culminates in a new approach – Reference-Amplified Computed Tomography (RACT) – where machine learning and cloud computing becomes a crucial part of the imaging pipeline. This talk will explore the promise of virtual unwrapping and related applications, and will make the case that RACT may indeed be the pathway for rescuing still-readable text from some of the most stubbornly damaged materials, like the enigmatic Herculaneum scrolls. BIO: W.Brent Seales, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kentucky, is currently a Getty Conservation Institute Scholar. Seales’ research applies data science and computer vision to challenges in the digital restoration and visualization of antiquities. In the 2012-13 he was a Google Visiting Scientist in Paris, where he continued work on the “virtual unwrapping” of the Herculaneum scrolls. In 2015, Seales and his research team identified the oldest known Hebrew copy of the book of Leviticus (other than the Dead Sea Scrolls), carbon dated to the third century C.E. The reading of the text from within the damaged scroll has been hailed as one of the most significant discoveries in biblical archaeology of the past decade. Hosted by Professor Richard Korf
Author: W.B.Seales
Date: 02/11/2020
Location: The campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
Primary URL: https://www.cs.ucla.edu/upcoming-events/reading-the-invisible-library-w-brent-seales-university-of-kentucky/


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