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Sequences (a Work In Progress)

April 18, 2012 7 comments

I’ve been collecting together all the occurrences of what look like sequences in the VMs, to see if there are any obvious patterns. Here is what I have so far:

Places in the VMs where sequences occur, colour coded for some common glyphs, and (mostly) split at glyph "o"

Vowels and 17

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Latin Alphabet – the number 17 again


“Before the Renaissance, letters J and U had been merely glyph variants of I and V.
W was first used by scribes writing Old English during the 7th century AD.”


(22) A B C D E F G H I L M N O P Q R S T V X Y Z


(5) A E I O V


(17) B C D F G H L M N P Q R S T X Y Z


Glyphs on f57v, 3rd ring, Voyn_101 encoding – 4 sets of 17 characters each:



(Glyphs marked with “?” are very rare, and occur only on f57v and one other folio.)

Latest Vowel-less Table for Genetic Algorithm results


Repeating Word Sequences

March 6, 2010 7 comments

There are a few multi word sequences that appear on more than one folio in the manuscript. Looking at those that occur on a single line of text and at least three times on different folios, the distribution is as follows:

(The repeating sequences on f57v do not appear, since they all occur on the same folio. There are 1006 two word sequences that appear on at least three folios.)

There no four or five or greater length sequences – why?

Why do the sequences often end with “am”?

Perhaps these three “word” sequences are dates?

Why are most of the sequences later on in the VMs? The earliest folio found is f16r, then f33r, f39v, f55v, f58r, f71r …

Now, loosening or simplifying the Voyn_101 transcription using the following table (top is the original character, bottom is the replacement):

Again, we infer that phrases of more than 3 words never repeat more than twice in the VMs:

Knox ran some comparison tests, using the EVA transcription, and found quite different results. These are available in detail here.

I am surprised at the difference in the transcriptions.

For the running text only, in EVA without respect for line wrapping.
I doubt any are wrapped but I'll check tomorrow and find the line descriptors.
Trying to match V-101 (in parenthesis). Might have missed one or more.
Only one trigram has "s" here. 

chedy qokeey qokeey   3 ()
chey qol chedy        4 (#12,3)
ol chedy qokain       3 ()
ol s aiin             4 (#3,4)
ol shedy qokedy       5 ()
ol shedy qokeey       3 ()
or aiin cheol         3 ()
or aiin okaiin        3 (#9,3)
or aiin ol            4 (#7,4)
or or aiin            3 (#11,3)
qokedy qokedy qokedy  3 ()
qol chedy qokain      3 ()
shedy qokedy qokeedy  3 ()*
shedy qokedy shedy    3 ()
sheedy qokedy chedy   3 ()

*Two of these:
ol shedy qokedy qokeedy

The Number 17

March 3, 2010 8 comments

The number 17 crops up in several places in the VMs, notably on f57v, where it is the number of characters repeating around the 3rd. circle (counting circles from the centre). If any one page of the VMs cries out to be a way in to the cipher, this must be it.

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