Students help decipher ancient Egyptian writings

July 26, 2008 2:01:41 PM PDT
Eighteen students from around the world are giving new life to ancient Egyptian documents at Stanford University this summer.

The students are helping to decipher 70 texts from Stanford's collection of several hundred papyri.

At first glance, the ancient Egyptian writings look like scraps of garbage. They were used to plaster over mummies. Now they are clues to everyday life more than 2,000 years ago.

The findings will be published later this year.