About TombReader

TombReader is an App that allows you to read the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs such that you can unveil the mysteries that lay hidden within the ancient symbols. The App is currently in development, and the pilot that targets the hieroglyphs found in the Allard Pierson museum in Amsterdam is expected to launch at the end of this year.

To give an insight in what is happening behind the scenes, here is a short video that summarizes the system in just 30 seconds:

Ideally you will be able to receive the translation and other background information of an Egyptian text by simply taking a picture of it.


– First a picture is taken from a tomb wall.
– The smart phone will locate and classify each individual hieroglyph
– Database matching with known and already translated texts yields the translation and any desired amount of meta-data.

Tomb Reader is a project based on a Master Thesis research titled Automatic Egyptian Hieroglyph Recognition by Retrieving Images as Texts. This research has been published in the ACM Multimedia conference 2013. We have received the STW-valorisation grant, which enables us to extend the research in to an App for smart phones.

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Further information:
Thesis report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3C97Tw3lTCGRXdTZ2dsTWd5TTA/view?usp=sharing&resourcekey=0-Z7DbemTFmIRnVVWEqxODjg (best viewed in default pdf-viewer)
ACM paper: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2502199
Dataset: http://jvgemert.github.io/pub/EgyptianHieroglyphDataset.tar.gz