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Encyclopedia > Decipher

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.


The term has also been used to describe the analysis of the genetic code information encoded in DNA - see the Human Genome Project article for more on this.


Some people have also used the word metaphorically to mean something like 'understanding'.


Examples of document decipherment:

Famous documents that have been the subject of actual or attempted decipherment:

Famous decipherers:

See also

External links

  • Ancient Languages and Scripts (http://www.plu.edu/~ryandp/texts.html)
  • http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~fsaber1/language/MysteryCuneiform.html

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Star Wars: Gaming | Decipher: What's in the Cards (642 words)
Now, Decipher has announced their product line-up for the remainder of the year, as well as a look into next year's schedule.
In March 2000, Decipher will release the Third Anthology - a sort of "best of" boxed set which features packs of the original Premiere, Jabba's Palace, and Special Edition sets, as well as six new fl-bordered premium cards not available anywhere else.
In November, Decipher will release Skywalkers, a set that focuses on Luke, Leia, Vader and their relationships both as characters and cards.
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