Topic ID #9526 - posted 2/13/2011 4:20 PM

University of Arizona experts determine age of book 'nobody can read'

Jennifer Palmer

University of Arizona experts determine age of book 'nobody can read'

While enthusiasts across the world pored over the Voynich manuscript, penned by an unknown author in a language no one understands, a research team at the University of Arizona solved one of its biggest mysteries: When was the book made?         

University of Arizona researchers have cracked one of the puzzles surrounding what has been called "the world's most mysterious manuscript" – the Voynich manuscript, a book filled with drawings and writings nobody has been able to make sense of to this day.

Using radiocarbon dating, a team led by Greg Hodgins in the UA's department of physics has found the manuscript's parchment pages date back to the early 15th century, making the book a century older than scholars had previously thought.

This tome makes the "DaVinci Code" look downright lackluster: Rows of text scrawled on visibly aged parchment, flowing around intricately drawn illustrations depicting plants, astronomical charts and human figures bathing in – perhaps – the fountain of youth. At first glance, the "Voynich manuscript" appears to be not unlike any other antique work of writing and drawing.

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Post ID#18522 - replied 2/13/2011 6:18 PM


Some smart body had too much time on their hands....

Post ID#18523 - replied 2/14/2011 6:59 PM


...and perhaps good drugs...


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