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The Voynich manuscript was discovered in Italy in 1912 but has been dated to 1404-1420. For more than a century, scholars were unable to identify its language -- some argued that it was nonsense, there were theories that it is an alien journal written by extra-terrestrials visiting our planet. Scholars now believe its unknown language may be Nahuatl. Nahuatl originated in Central Mexico during the 7th century. It was the language spoken predominantly by the Aztecs.
Following the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 16th century, the alphabet was replaced with Latin. Nahuatl became a literary language, used in poetry and passages, similar to the Voynich manuscript. The Voynich manuscript may be a transitional document.
One of the first words to be decoded was the word for "cotton" as translators recognized its illustration. Cotton is shown in Folio 31 Recto (recto means the back side of a page, verso refers to the the front side, usually the right side).
The Voynich manuscript contains herbal images and descriptions, star charts, and strange groups of women. I've started with the herbals.
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Title: Voynich Manuscript Tiles
Tile: Tumbled Botticino marble
Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm), or 4 inch (10.16 cm)
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Weight: 22 ounces (.62 kg), or 9.6 ounces (.27 kg) each tile
Per Tile : $77