If you think Internet chat rooms can get garbled, try to decipher the writings of the proto-Elamites
. Oxford University researchers say they are on the verge of figuring out the symbols on clay tablets, which came from what's now Iran.
From the article:
In a room high up in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, above the Egyptian mummies and fragments of early civilisations, a big black dome is clicking away and flashing out light.
This device, part sci-fi, part-DIY, is providing the most detailed and high quality images ever taken of these elusive symbols cut into clay tablets. This is Indiana Jones with software.