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Sites of Gallo-Greek inscriptions


May 2020 saw the beginnings of a new extension to the bibliography: we have begun to index Celtic and related inscriptions in a way that will help us enrich and refine the bibliographical information we want to make available to you. If you are already accustomed to consulting CODECS for texts and manuscripts, the kind of organisational structure we've adopted should be familiar: there will be dedicated web pages for every inscription indexed, including a bibliography, and bibliographic records will link back to them. A simple search interface and a map of find sites should help you locate them.

What we have not set out to do is offer a fully descriptive catalogue of writing inscribed on stone, wood, wax or other materials. Our catalogue of ‘texts’ is primarily confined to texts that have been transmitted in vellum or paper manuscripts and occasionally also in printed works. When it comes to inscriptions, note that many excellent, resourceful databases are already out there online, such as the Celtic Inscribed Stones Project (CISP), Ogham in 3D, the Lexicon Leponticum (LexLep) and Roman Inscriptions of Britain, to single out a few of them.

Nevertheless, by having entries to refer to we hope to improve the relevance of our bibliographic records and provide better access to this information: most if not all of the data we collect about inscriptions are aimed at identifying them and increasing their findability. We hope that this will also contribute to remedying some gaps in online coverage of this material: not all online projects are receiving updates on a regular basis, or only if apppropriate funding can be obtained; and there are areas of research that do no benefit from dependable online databases at all. In fact, what occasioned this project is the (perceived) situation for Gaulish inscriptions today. Our initial focus will be on the inscriptions listed and described in the volumes of Recueil des inscriptions gauloises and the member of our team who could not be discouraged to take on this project is Pierre Faure, who is currently an MA student at Utrecht University.

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