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Decipherment is the analysis of documents written in ancient languages, where the language is unknown, or knowledge of the language has been lost.
It is closely related to cryptanalysis — the difference being that the original document was not deliberately written to be difficult to decipher.
Some people have also used the word metaphorically to mean something like 'understanding'.
Examples of document decipherment:
- Cuneiform writing
- Harappan writing
- Egyptian hieroglyphic writing
- Indus script
- Linear A
- Linear B
- Maya writing
- Olmec writing
Famous documents that have been the subject of actual or attempted decipherment:
- the Dresden Codex
- the Phaistos Disc
- the Rosetta Stone
- the Behistun Inscription
- the Voynich Manuscript
- the Rohonczi Codex
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