Tro-Cortesianus, p. 56, detail. Codex Tro-Cortesianus, p. 56, detail.

Latin text on European paper embedded in p. 56 of Codex Tro-Cortesianus has caused a recent debate on the time of the manuscript's origin. Michael D. Coe believes that the codex was produced after 1624, the year of Juan Enríquez's death, part of whose name can be deciphered in the writing. According to Coe, the paper was incorporated between two sheets of bark at the time of the manufacture of the codex.

The writing is a mirror image, as the ink seeped through from the other side.

Source: A. M. H. Schuster, "Redating the Madrid Codex," Archaeology 52:1 (1999). http://www.archaeology.org/9901/newsbriefs/codex.html




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