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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Art of the Chisel: Computers Identify Ancient Artisans

You might call it "CSI Ancient Greece". A computer technique can tell the difference between ancient inscriptions created by different artisans, a feat that ordinarily consumes years of human scholarship.

"This is the first time anything like this had been done on a computer," says Stephen Tracy, a Greek scholar and epigrapher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who challenged a team of computer scientists to attribute 24 ancient Greek inscriptions to their rightful maker. "They knew nothing about inscriptions," he says.

link: Computer reveals stone tablet 'handwriting' in a flash - tech - 02 July 2009 - New Scientist


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