Personal Biography of
Throughout Paul's life, he has been a world traveler and explorer. Coming from a military family, he spent most of his youth primarily in Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy and New England. While attending secondary school in Austria, Paul was able to visit the countries of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco to Egypt. Paul was able to learn the customs and history of ancient Numidia first hand from local historians. It was here that he first took an interest in the Tiffinagh-Berber alphabet and script. Shortly thereafter, Paul began to study all the spoken Berber dialects which he continues today.
His interests in ancient civilizations and their related scripts were spurned on by his Austrian grandfather Franz Schaffranke, who studied Etruscan and related alphabets of ancient Italy throughout his life, and passing his knowledge on to his bright young grandson. His educational background is mostly European at the secondary school level; and in the US., he attended the University of New Hampshire for 2 years where he studied Russian and Electrical Engineering. His interests in the mysteries of Ancient Religions attained him an initiation into the Monachar Order of Thule just before his departure from Vienna, Austria.
Paul Schaffranke became an expert in both military history and ancient history of which he has composed several essays and reports on strategy, tactics, covert operations during W.W.II, and the threats of Communism.
In 1993, Paul Schaffranke met Harry Hubbard by using his ability of translating Latin Texts on Maps from the 16th century. These translations produced many interesting results about Atlantic navigation and cartography known in that time. His translations inspired the production of a video where he and his Latin translations are featured quite extensively.
However, during the last 15 years, Paul has amassed an incredible amount of knowledge concerning Ancient Scripts and Unknown Ancient Languages. Currently, he is expert in the following ancient languages: Aramaic, Punic (Phoenician), Nabatean, Greek, Latin, Etruscan, Oscan, Berber, Egyptian (Glyph, Hieratic and Demotic), Akkadian, Runic and Iberic. In addition to knowledge of these languages, he fervently studies the following scripts and alphabets: Arabic, Faliscan, Sumer, Hungarian, Russian, Sanskrit, Coptic, Linear A and B, Lycian, Maya and of course his own ancient language called Schaff* which he dedicates to the memory of his grandfather Schaffranke. To this day, there is no scholar or professor the world over who has successfully challenged Paul or the accuracy of his decipherment capabilities.
With this amazing Linguistic background, it is no wonder that Schaffranke was the foremost qualified person to decipher the scripts found in the ambiguous Burrows Cave and making their contents available to the world. There is no contemporary or living Epigrapher in the world who has deciphered more unknown ancient text and tablets than Paul Schaffranke which places him in an elite category shared with no one.
Paul's favorite recreations are Chess and Casino Games. He applies his knowledge of strategy and tactics to defeat his Chess opponents and has won titles and points in several National Chess Championship Tournaments. He has been an active member of the World Chess Federation for over 12 years.
On the Casino Cruisers, Paul uses his enhanced memory of mathematical calculations to play the odds at several games of skill and chance. He enjoys most of all playing Blackjack, Craps and Poker in every city he visits.
When this cave or Tomb is brought out into the open Paul Schaffranke is looking forward to deciphering the entire ancient archive and provide the world with the information that will change history forever. When confronted by establishment experts, skeptics and 'none believers', Schaffranke is quick to reply that there "....Is no establishment position anymore, Ordo Ab Chao, the establishment has been crushed, out with the New Ways and back with the Old. There is no longer anyone who understands simple Ancient Latin."
The Schaff language is a vernacular, (for lack of a better word, a 'folk dialect') of Latin which quite often uses borrowed alphabetic characters and expressions from Greek, Glyph, Numidian and Phoenician as well as Archaic Latin. The Schaff script is written in several ways: Retrograde, Heliograde, Bostrifedon also up and down. This script from the Lost Tomb was so painstaking for Epigraphers for several reasons. First, the direction, second the word separation. The other primary obstacle of confusion was the fact that words on the tablets could be Latin written in Greek, or a Greek word written using Glyph, Latin or Numidian. Since the United States ancient cosmopolitan had so many influences, it was not uncommon to borrow alphabetic characters, words and expressions from a regionally close language to create new idioms (meanings). The Schaff script and language is the first known ancient text to use 'voiceless' or 'helping vowels'. Paul's video titled Etruscan Volume I is highly recommended for anyone hoping to learn ancient languages. Paul's decipherments are also featured on several of the Tomb videos now available.
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*Schaff, is the term coined to delineate the primary script from the Lost Tomb ambiguously known in certain circles as the Burrows Cave named after Russell Burrows, its modern discoverer who has looted and hid it by filling it in with rocks, sand, till and mud. The Schaff alphabet consists of 80 main characters and about 16 secondary symbols. The Schaff language is a brother to ancient Latin and is in part more similar to Etruscan than anything else. When Paul first deciphered the tablets from Burrows Cave, he clearly indicated that it was an Etruscan related script, however, he had no idea that Etruscan hadn't been broken or deciphered at that time. Deciphering and translating the script from Burrows Cave was not a seemingly over difficult task for Paul because of his total familiarity with Ancient and Modern Latin. In short, Paul Schaffranke broke the unknown Etruscan script with an alphabet he found in the United States. This is the first time a situation like this has ever occurred.
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