The Time Monk Project Article by Duncan Burden
On May 3rd, 2011, a guest article entitled The Time Monk Project was posted on Andrew Gough’s Arcadia website. The article, written by Duncan Burden, released a geometric depiction of the ‘Key’ involved in the armchair treasure hunt called Maranatha-Et in Arcadia Ego, and subsequently the Time Monk Project. The online piece also offered background information into the objectives, formation, and limitations of the Cambridge research group responsible for the creation of the puzzle. The fascinating and complete article is well worth a careful read; The Time Monk Project.
Burden shared the group’s construction of the ‘Key’ by the utilization of the three primary shapes of geometry. He was able to demonstrate how two squares, a circle, and opposite triangles, comprising of the same center point, designed a tilted hexagram. He further showed how the group believed this exceptional shape was purposely expressed in two paintings connected to the mystery of Rennes le Chateau. The group claimed the first half of the hidden message found on the Grand Parchment referred to this Key, while the ending segment of the message holds what the group refers to as the ‘lock.’
Within the Maranatha puzzle book itself, a hexagram could, and was, constructed by using certain details in the images. Certain puzzlers had posted the sacred shape, but, understanding how the ‘Key’ was used or what it represented remains publically unknown. The unpublished portion of the puzzle series was to incorporate the Lock in which the Key could be applied, and which was claimed to lead to the Holy Grail. Like said, this last part has not been released.
Previous to the Arcadian Time Monk Project post, puzzlers had already received notification for the termination of the treasure hunt bit of the puzzle on February 21st, 2011. Included within the announcement for the conclusion of the puzzle was the release of five PDF documents providing stages and processes to the puzzle’s solution and claiming. It was said; “this system would also reveal the Key to a reader” and would later be confirmed. Although the puzzle competition was over, readers were still encouraged to continue their search, if wanted. A lapse of seventy two days had passed between the PDF documents and the additional release of the Key on the Arcadia site.
According to a Tweleve forum member, Jlocklest, who had contacted Mr. Duncan Burden, Burden may have been ready to release the Time Monk Article a few days after April 11th. Jlocklest had shared on the forum he asked Burden if he had any new information concerning the Maranatha Puzzle. According to Burden’s reply, on the above date (April 11th), there was something in the making and may be released within a few days. However, nothing appeared until the date of May 3rd.
Since it would seem the correspondence with Burden implied a possible earlier opportunity to release the article, could the date of release offer a clue? Is it possible May 3 (or because May is the fifth month, the numbers 5-3, (or as dates are written in UK, 3-5)), hold some meaning?
One of the most often talked about pages of text was one which only contained 103 pigpen characters. On this page, unlike all other pages which utilized the full 156 (12×13) grid block, 53 spaces were left empty or contained ‘nothing’. The sentence following this unique format is; “So from nothing is the Key revealed, as the tree grows such does the lead become gold.”
Could the fact that the article, which released the Key on 5-3 (USA’s dating format or UK’s 3-5(reversal of nothing), be hinting at the importance of the ‘53’ nothing spaces on the page? Although there are many interpretations and layered meanings to the phrases in the text, I sort-of like the following as one application: “So from nothing” or 5-3 (May 3rd), is the Key revealed, and it was.