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List some of the problems faced by epigraphists.
Ans: The problems faced by epigraphists are as given below :
- Sometimes, the letters of inscriptions are very faintly engraved, and thus reconstructions are uncertain.
- Sometimes, the inscriptions may be damaged or letters missing.
- On certain occasions it is not easy to be sure about the exact meaning of the words used in the inscriptions, some of which may be specific to a particular place or time. That is why scholars are constantly debating and discussing alternative ways of reading inscriptions.
- Several thousand inscriptions have been discovered but not all have been deciphered, published and translated.
- Many more inscriptions must have existed, which have not survived the ravages of
time. Whatever is available, is only a fraction of all inscriptions.
- There is also a possibility that what we consider politically or economically significant may not have been recorded in inscriptions. For example, there is no mention of routine agricultural practices and the joys and sorrows of daily existence in the inscriptions.
5. Look at figure 1.30 (See NCERT page-26) and describe what you see. How is the body placed? What are the objects placed near it? Are there any artefacts on the body? Do these indicate the sex of the skeleton?
10. On the given map, use a pencil to circle the sites where evidence of agriculture has been recovered. Mark an X against sites where there is evidence of craft production and R against sites where raw materials were found.
7.This is a statement made by one of the best-known epigraphists of the twentieth century, D.C. Sircar: “There is no aspect of life, culture, activities of the Indians that is not reflected in inscriptions.” Discuss.