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I wonder why ...[edit]

I wonder why no mention of inscriptions from India is made. For example, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, more than 25,000 epigraphical inscriptions are known to exist. For example University of Cologne in Germany is trying to digitize it. See here. --Aadal 20:28, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

There is no mention of the Maya_codices, or the work on the various stelae. Links to the Mayan Epigraphic Database Project would be useful. [1] --Colin Matthew Chan (talk) 21:09, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

WP is the people's encyclopedia - there is no mastermind determining what shall go in and what not. The owners and employees faced that decision and won over the "expert-dominated" view of Larry Sanger. If the things you mention are not in there it is because no one has yet put them there. Take courage and give it a try. You will of course invoke our review, but nothing worth while comes without price (except the gifts of our creator). No pain no gain, nothing ventured, nothing gained, etc. Exposing yourself to public critique is something a bit different, so be prepared.Dave (talk) 11:12, 23 November 2009 (UTC)


Wasn't sure why there was a box (dotted) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:18, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Dead links, blogs, resumes, advertisements[edit]

Hi folks, none of these things are allowed. We seem to have a build-up of non-allowed sites, which I am removing. If you had a good link but it's dead (you're right), you might want to reconsider its stability. Personal links usually are not very stable; similarly, links of personal sites of students tacked onto universities go dead when the student leaves. And, I admit there are very good resumes of professors containing bits of their work but they are only resumes and those are not allowed. Similarly knowledgeable persons often tell us interesting things in blogs, but they are not encyclopedic sources. I do apologize if anyone gets offended, but policy is policy. This article was all links no article, and many of those were dead. If you need a reference in the text, list its paper citation in a footnote. A link can then be added if there is one or removed if it is dead without having to rewrite everything because you have no references. Ciao.Dave (talk) 10:35, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Lists of articles[edit]

Generally WP frowns on lists of articles unless it is a list article, which this is not. There were three sections of lists. As they were all of the "see also" type I organized them under "see also". The difference between "notable inscriptions" and "types of inscription" is that the notable are individual inscriptions, while the others a types, which may contain many individuals. In addition were the other fields of study. We are generally not placing a description of the article in the "see also" as you would in a disambig page, so I removed those phrases or sentences. The problem of the number of lists I solved by reducing the font size and making it 2-column. While I was at it I reduced the font size of the external links, as even with sifting out unsuitable links, that section is still large.Dave (talk) 01:35, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

The view of the god[edit]

"(or for the view of the god, as in the Persian Behistun Inscription),"

Now why would the god require an inscription in three languages to understand what the king had done and why? Just in case the Persian god did not understand Persian? You don't understand religion, that is the problem. This I believe is original thinking, and unsound thinking at that. Gods don't need reports from kings or anyone else and especially not supreme gods such as Ahura Mazda. It could have been placed in a cave deep under the earth if only the gods were going to read it. I believe this inscription stood on or near the border but I am sure there are plenty of expert opinions on its purpose and location. If you are going to do it, do it right - give us a summary of a few such opinions with references. Just write this off as part of your education process - trial and error, just as though you had done a bad paper. Everyone has done those, you know.Dave (talk) 10:09, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

Temporary inscriptions[edit]

This is (as self-stated) interesting to think about, but I wonder whether all these things really are inscriptions:

Modern inscriptions might be chalk graffiti on a sidewalk, sky writing, a tracing with the finger in the condensed moisture from a breath on glass, or in criminology less propitious media. Traces of such temporary epigraphs preserved by chance are often of great interest.

Why aren't these things merely forms of writing, since they aren't in a real sense "inscribed"? If scrawling with my finger on a steamed-up mirror is an inscription, or writing with chalk on the sidewalk, why isn't writing on paper epigraphy? Aren't these forms of handwriting or paleography? Since the statement raises these questions, it needs a citation where a scholarly source asserts that these constitute forms of epigraphy. Cynwolfe (talk) 18:52, 8 July 2010 (UTC)


I intend to expand this article to include a more comprehensive area of Epigraphy, in its form & content - hoping to do a good service to this entry. My main sources will be specialist works by renowned epigraphist Ernest Arthur Gardner and subsequent litterature, which I'll indicate in the notes and bibliography.--Monozigote (talk) 14:25, 28 March 2013 (UTC)