Skip to comments.Litcham Cryptogram: a medieval mystery
Posted on 10/07/2011 7:08:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The initial survey work soon proved that the Litcham Cryptogram was by no means he only inscription to be found in the church. Within a matter of days the survey had identified over fifty individual images and inscriptions etched into the soft stone pillars of the church. "Almost every pillar was covered with inscriptions", continued Matthew, "and it was clear that there had once been many more. However, our attention kept coming back to the Litcham Cryptogram".
The inscription was etched far deeper into the pillar than much of the surrounding graffiti and it is supposed that this is what had drawn people's attention to it. Indeed, at some point in the past the inscription had actually been placed behind protective Perspex to deter more modern graffiti artists from adding to the original. The inscription itself was written in a very fine medieval 'black-letter' style and was comprised of two lines of text, one above the other.
The traditional translation, which even appeared in the church guidebook, stated that the longer lower line of text was a name, 'Wyke Bamburgh', and that the letters in the upper tier represented the phrase 'Save (my soul) Jesus, Mary and Joseph'. However, upon closer examination, the traditional story soon began to unravel.
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And the relevance of "six degrees of separation"...
Kind of looks like bamburgh at the end section.
I know what is says, but I ain’t tellin’.
I’ve been studying cryptology for a long, long time and always love to see new and interesting material on classical cryptograms and unknown scripts. Thanks and ping.
I wish that they had a transcription of just the writing without the background so that we all could have fun and try to deduce what it means.
It says, “Camelot is a Silly Place.”
Well, they do dance when e’er they’re able.
That looks like something from our local ArtPrize competition.
BTW, the $250K top winner did a mosaic of The Crucifixion. I wonder if that’s been posted. It’ll chap the ass of all the Michigan-haters here on FR, y’know, some of the FINOs. :’)
btw, that’s the full size pic I just linked, but I width restricted it, so here’s the URL:
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