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Re: Ink and paper analysis?
Philip Marshall, who as an MESc Candidate in the School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies at Yale University ought to know, suggests that pollen
analysis might be useful in studying the Voynich manuscript.
I suppose these studies are done by scanning electron microscopy, a widely
available, fairly non-destructive method of creating images from an electron
beam reflected off the surface of an object, rather than penetrating it
(transmission electron microscopy).
What could such studies tell us about where the Voynich manuscript has been.
Obviously it's been in western Europe and in North America. Could pollen
analysis tell us whether it's been in China or the Pacific rim? Such
information might offer valuable clues as to what the language is.