Resurrect an ancient library from the ashes of a volcano.Win $100,000. Make History.
The Vesuvius Challenge is a machine learning and computer vision competition that in 2023 cracked the riddle of the Herculanum Papyri & awarded over $1,000,000 in prizes.
2024's challenge is to go from reading a few passages to entire scrolls.
Mount Vesuvius erupts.
A farmer discovers the buried villa.
Dr. Brent Seales pioneers virtual unwrapping.
A remarkable breakthrough.
The Vesuvius Challenge
2023 was a milestone year that gave us unprecedented access to scrolls that have not been read in two millennia. Incredible teams of engineers helped us unlock these secrets. Learn more about their accomplishments.
4 Winning Teams
First Letters & First Ink
The Challenge Continues
Due to the overwhelming success from the past year, the Vesuvius Challenge moves onto its next stage of reading 90% of all four scrolls. Read more about the prizes below, and on how they contribute towards the The Master Plan.