Imagine walking through a maze with instructions written in a language we do not understand.\nIn reconstructing the history of a civilisation, we work with very few clues \u2013 artefacts, buildings & archaeological findings. And if we are lucky we find some inscriptions. Unfortunately there is never a dictionary or scriptionary that would tell us what it is the meaning of the inscription.\nAnd so, in order to undertsand the contents we first need to reconstruct the script and then make sense of the contents. Egypt is the most famous example of script mysteries. And here is another.\nIt is easy to be in awe of the minds of the scholars that finally figured out the codes and have given us not only translations but also evolution of the scripts across the ages.\nTo see how difficult it must be, all we need to do is to stare at any one of the stone inscriptions below and without any other tools, attempt to figure out the contents! Quite an impossible task!\u00a0 One might suggest that a single rock inscription is not enough \u2013 in that case let us take the whole set shown here. Then, would the conclusions be any easier to draw?\nYest here we are today with a complete coding!\nKudos to those who have accomplished this!\nThe clues to understanding the civilisations of the past \u2013 in this case in the region of Kalinga, have been laid out before us as the first exhibit in the Epigraphy Hall in the State Museum of Orissa. Codes to deciphering bygone eras!\nAnd most of us pass these codes within a fraction of a second without a second glance\u2026..\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0 \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhat a treasurehouse of knowledge on this\u00a0 single board!\njm\nApril 2013\n\u00a0\nThe post Journey to the Past : The science of Epigraphy appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.