Resurrect an ancient library from the ashes of a volcano.
The Vesuvius Challenge is a machine learning and computer vision competition to read the Herculaneum Papyri.
Mount Vesuvius erupts.
A farmer discovers the buried villa.
Dr. Brent Seales pioneers virtual unwrapping.
Enter the particle accelerator.
You can solve this ancient puzzle.
The Vesuvius Challenge
First team to read a scroll by December 31st 2023
Success requires that the Review Team can:
Read at least 4 separate passages of continuous and plausible text from the scrolls, each at least 140 characters long
Qualifying submissions reviewed by team of developers and papyrologists for legitimacy and plausibility
First Letters Prize
Detect 10 letters in a 4 cm² area in a scroll
First team to find 10 legible letters in a 4 cm² area wins $40,000, second prize $10,000
Also reviewed by developers and papyrologists
$100,000+ more in prizes & TBA
Vesuvius Challenge Team
The Arts & Humanities Research Council of Great Britain
The Lighthouse Beacon Foundation — Stanley and Karen Pigman
John & Karen Maxwell
Lee & Stacie Marksbury