Lost Languages on Found Objects

Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription at Ashmolean Museum
17 and 21 November, 2017
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


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Have you ever seen an interesting script on an artefact in a museum and wondered what language it is or what it says? Now you can find out as Professor John Coleman from the University of Oxford brings these lost languages back to life with a range of objects in the Ashmolean Museum. From childcare instructions and recipes to curses, the deciphered text provides an intriguing insight into what it was like to be human thousands of years ago.

This tour is being held as part of the Being Human Festival.

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Luwian stone at Ashmolean Museum


AN1913.914 Stone stela
Images © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.