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Re: Not the VMS but: a second Phaistos disk???
24/11/01 04:46:44, Jorge Stolfi <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>I don't know... what would be the motive?
When I was 12 or 13, I found an Indo-European grammar
in a second-hand bookshop. That gave me the idea of
forging some tablets written in... Proto-Indo-European
of course! I went as far as putting a text together
and designing a writing system (derived from ... Mayan
hieroglyphs!). I was only stopped by technical
considerations: producing the tablets themselves
(what material? how to age it?) and where to hide them
so that they would certainly be found.
Why a writing system derived from Maya? Because I had
a list of the calendar glyphs, and because I had just
found a French translation of the Chilam Balam of Chumayel.
With hindsight, this would have ensured that either my
tablets were never deciphered, or were immediately
identified as a hoax. I had no motive, really, beyond
causing some puzzlement.