This article published by MIT discusses how machine translation works, and how current translation technologies can be used to decipher long-lost languages. Researchers have already automatically translated Linear B, an old script found in 1886 by archeologist Arthur Evans, to Ancient Greek.
While the technology is still in its early stages, it is an exciting development. By translating ancient texts, we will be able to peer into ancient civilizations, and discover how their societies were formed, maintained, and sustained. In a way, this will allow us to peer into our own history, and hopefully, help us discover who we are as peoples of the modern world.
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