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Challenge Overview

In 2023, the Vesuvius Challenge made history by reading the inside of a Herculaneum scroll without opening it. A combination of competition and community collaboration helped us get there. In 2024, our goal is to go from reading 5% of a scroll to 90%. There is much to be done - please join us!

Join the community

Our team is available for any questions and feedback on Discord. You can also email us at [email protected].

Current state

In 2023 we awarded more than $1,000,000 across 53 prizes, resulting in the historic breakthrough of reading the inside of a Herculaneum scroll. As a part of Stage 2, we have now announced a 2024 Grand Prize, as well as another series of progress prizes, to help us get from 5% to 90% of the scroll. Read more about the 2024 prizes here!

Master Plan

Vesuvius Challenge is committed to the mission of reading the Herculaneum scrolls. Read more in our Master Plan.