19 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019

Macquarie University

Forging Antiquity

The challenges of Writer Identification on papyrus

Speech delivered by Dr. I. Marthot-Santaniello on the Conference "Forging Antiquity: Authenticity, Forgery & Fake Papyri" Workshop "Deviant Expertise & Malicious Thievery: Markets, Makers, & Illicit Artifacts on the move"

Writer Identification is a specific topic in the field of Computer Sciences that focuses on Handwriting Document Analysis. It was first mostly dedicated to forensic application but thanks to the digital revolution, more and more datasets coming from cultural heritage are now available and historians have started to apply computer-based approaches to ancient manuscripts. This presentation will introduce d-scribes, a four-year project that started in September 2018 in Basel and whose aim is to develop digital palaeography tools for Greek and Coptic papyri. The goal is to be able to find two fragments of a same document, two pieces written by the same individual or classify the handwritings according to similarities in order to possibly spot schools of “scribes” or give a hint about the provenance and time slot of a text in absence of internal evidence. This is a real challenge for the state of the art Computer Sciences methods and the presentation will show what has been done in one year and what the future steps are.

For more information, see http://www.forgingantiquity.com/conference2019


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