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New technique reveals hidden images in 16th-century codex

Pictographic scenes have been found under the layer of gesso that covers the 16th-century Codex Selden. Storytelling images on a deer-hide "manuscript" from Mexico have been seen for the first time in 500 years, thanks to sophisticated scanning technology that penetrated layers of chalk and plaster. This "codex," a type of book-like

Police recover stolen Codex Calixtinus

Police have recovered a 12th century manuscript, known as the Codex Calixtinus, which was stolen from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. The suspected thief, named as Manuel Fernandez Castineiras, had worked as a caretaker and odd-job man for more than 25 years, but was sacked early last

Aztec surveyors were very accurate

A mathematical review of the Codex Vergara, a document which contains detailed map of 386 farms, has shown that Aztec surveyors were incredibly accurate. Using these records, Clara Garza-Hume, a mathematician at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, and colleagues went back to the codex to check the

Christian codices are fakes

A couple weeks I posted about the discovery of what may be the earliest Christian writings; some 70 lead codices found in a cave in Jordan. Well, it turns out that they're fake. "I obtained photos of all the text that was available, and spent the past week looking over them,"

Jordan demands return of earliest Christian writings

Officials in Jordan are demanding the return of the earliest Christian writings in existence: some 70 codices written on lead which date back 2,000 years. He says they could be "the major discovery of Christian history", adding: "It's a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been