Stones and Images

Sanskrit and Tamil epigraphy

Tamil Epigraphy: The Inscriptions of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

The published texts have been compiled and are currently being digitalised.
G. Vijayavenugopal is organising fieldwork expeditions with a view to checking the versions published in 2004. Where inscriptions cannot be found on site, the published versions are compared to the embossings in the archives of the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) at Mysore. This project is ongoing. The final draft of the Karnataka Tamil inscriptions will be definitively completed in December 2009. A section of the corpus could then be published online in the same way as the epigraphic corpus of the temple at Puncai.

Corpus of Khmer Inscriptions (CKI)

Working in tandem with Gerdi Gerschheimer (EPHE), Dominic Goodall hopes to be able to continue to hold biannual conferences on Sanskrit inscriptions in Cambodia at the École Pratique des Hautes Études' 5th Section. Articles on a number of the inscriptions will be published following the conferences. Charlotte Schmid intends to contribute to the seminars with a view to establishing links between epigraphy and iconography (the appearance of iconography specific to Cambodia, the problematic nature of Pallava heritage in Southeast Asia, etc.).

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Epigraphy Photo Library

The central importance of epigraphy in a large number of projects has given rise to the idea of an epigraphic photo library which would provide scholars with direct access to text as it appears on the stone into which it was originally carved. Unpublished inscriptions would thus be accessible to researchers and the many errors deriving from erroneous readings of inscriptions in already published works could be recognised and avoided.

The epigraphic photo library has not yet been set up, but the organizational foundations will be laid and the research teams established in early 2008 under the direction of Valérie Gillet at the EFEO Centre in Pondicherry. As in the case of the previous photo library, it is planned to make the collections accessible online. It will be necessary to organize new field missions to collect inscriptions. G. Vijayavenugopal will play a fundamental role in establishing the epigraphic photo library (identifying and reading inscriptions). Either R. Sathyanarayanan or Nibedita Rout may be responsible for technical aspects of the project as well as for classification work on the corpus.

EFEO News
Publication of an article : The demise of Angkor: Systemic vulnerability of urban infrastructure to climatic variations

Damian Evans and Christophe Pottier participated in the article Systemic vulnerability of urban infrastructure to climatic variations published in the Science Advances of October 17, 2018.

DOI: 10.1126 / sciadv.aau4029
Call for crowdfunding
17 October 2018
On fire ! Experimental Archaeology is a festival which takes place every four years at the EFEO Center in Siem Reap.

The crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the organization of the archaeological experiment (baking ceramics in a dragon kiln replica and iron ore reduction) on 6 December has been launched.

To participate, access the site Kisskissbankbank.
Joint seminar ''Archéologie en Extrême-Orient''
Paris, France, 15 October 2018
The next speakers at the new EFEO / UFR joint seminary of art and archeology of the Faculty of Letters of Paris-Sorbonne University will be:
  • 15/10: Valérie Gillet, Archéologie en Inde : contexte et spécificités
  • 22/10: Brice Vincent, Fondre pour le Roi, archéométallurgie à Angkor
From 9 am to 11 am, Maison de l'Asie, ground floor room, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.
This seminar is open to Master 1 & 2 students as well as PhD students.
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21st ''Rendez-vous de l’Histoire''
Blois, France, 10 October 2018
The five Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) will participate in the 21st Rendez-Vousde l'Histoire, in Blois, from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October 2018. They will present at the book fair a selection of their publications and will gather five of their researchers for a carte blanche on October 12th on the theme "The fear of images".
Programme
EFEO Field Scholarships - 1st Semester 2019
30 September 2018
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 30th of September 2018.
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