Decipherment is also 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.
Examples of document decipherment:
- Cuneiform writing
- Harappan writing
- Egyptian hieroglyphic writing
- Indus script
- Linear A
- Linear B
- Maya writing
- Olmec writing
Famous documents that have been the subject of actual or attempted decipherment:
External links for ancient language decipherment: