Fieldnotes: Tiruvoṟṟiyūr, Tamil Nadu, August 2019

On August 27, 2019, Emmanuel Francis visited the Śaiva temple complex at Tiruvoṟṟiyūr திருவொற்றியூர் (13°09’39.60″N, 80°17’56.30″E; Figs. 1‒2), in the North of Chennai (ex-Madras). The temple-site is one of the richest in inscriptions in the region, with no less than 200 inscriptions.

Fig. 1: Tiruvoṟṟiyūr R.S. (Railway Station), on the suburban lines of Chennai; entrance to the Temple of Śiva/Īśvaraṉ/Civaṉ.

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Fieldnotes: Uttiramērūr, Tamil Nadu, August 2019

On August 24 & 25, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed the site of Uttiramērūr உத்திரமேரூர் or Uttaramērūr உத்தரமேரூர், focussing on the Vaikuṇṭhaperumāḷ temple (12°36’55.19″N, 79°45’29.63″E; Fig. 1), which, rather than a usual temple was in fact the seat of the local assembly (sabhā) of Brahmins during the Pallava and Cōḻa periods.

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Fieldnotes: Pāṇḍya Inscriptions, Tamil Nadu, August 2019

From August 11 to 15, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS), Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Paris) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed sites with inscriptions in the Sivaganga, Viruthunagar and Madurai districts in the State of Tamil Nadu. The principal goal was to locate, document and read inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas (9th and 10th c.) pre-selected on the basis of the corpus collected and translated by K.G. Krishnan (Inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas, 2002, hereafter IEP).

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Workshop – Asceticism in Asia and Mediterranean

Vincent Tournier (EFEO), Nicolas Elias (Inalco) et Tassos Anastassiadis (École française d’Athènes, EFA) organisent un atelier intitulé Regards croisés sur l’ascèse: Méditerranée, Asie(s). Cette première rencontre mobilise principalement des chercheurs et doctorants associés à l’EFEO et à l’EFA, dans le cadre du réseau des Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) et avec le soutien du projet DHARMA. Cette journée se tiendra le 22 novembre, au siège de l’EFA à Athènes.

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Description of the Leiden Collection of Estampages of Indonesian Inscriptions

On 28 and 29 October, Adeline Levivier and Arlo Griffiths started working in the Leiden Universiy Library to describing the Kern Institute collection of estampages of Indonesian inscriptions. They held discussions with the library’s management about the planned digitization of these valuable documents for Indonesian epigraphy. A follow-up visit to Leiden is planned in the coming months, and digitization should start in the course of 2020.

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DHARMA Kickoff Meeting in Berlin (HU), September 2019: Report

The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) had the honour of hosting the DHARMA Kick-off Meeting from September 16 to 21, 2019.

In the autumnal beauty of Berlin our international team with members from France, Germany, India, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Great Britain, Austria, and the USA came together and engaged in a fruitful academic exchange.

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EpiDoc Sessions in Paris

The Task-Force A of DHARMA (The Tamil South) will hold EpiDoc1 sessions on a regular basis at the EHESS, 54 Bld Raspail, 75016 Paris.

Likewise, the Task-Force C of DHARMA (Southeast Asia) will hold EpiDoc sessions on a regular basis at La Maison de l’Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris, 4th floor.

Transliterated and tagged text of a Tamil inscription in TEI-XML

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  1. “EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents. It uses a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative’s standard for the representation of texts in digital form and was developed initially for the publication of digital editions of ancient inscriptions (e.g. Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, Vindolanda Tablets). Its domain has expanded to include the publication of papyri and manuscripts (e.g. Papyri.info). It addresses not only the transcription and editorial treatment of texts themselves, but also the history and materiality of the objects on which the texts appear (i.e., manuscripts, monuments, tablets, papyri, and other text-bearing objects). Latest Release of all EpiDoc code: 9.0 (December 2017)” Source: EpiDoc website, visited 2019-01-01 []

Fieldnotes: Tiruppattūr, Tamil Nadu, August 2019

From August 11 to 15, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS), Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Paris) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed sites with inscriptions in the Sivaganga, Viruthunagar and Madurai districts in the State of Tamil Nadu. The principal goal was to locate, document and read inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas (9th and 10th c.) pre-selected on the basis of the corpus collected and translated by K.G. Krishnan (Inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas, 2002, hereafter IEP).

In Tiruppattūr திருப்பத்தூர் (Tiruppattūr Taluk, Sivaganga District), designated as Tiruputtūr in the inscriptions, we were looking, in the Tiruttaḷinātār திருத்தளிநாதார் Temple, for two inscribed slabs and found … three.

East gopura, Tiruttaḷinātar Temple, Tiruppāttur.

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DHARMA Kickoff Meeting cum EpiDoc Workshop

From September 16 to 21, 2019, the DHARMA Kickoff-Meeting cum EpiDoc Workshop will be held in Berlin, hosted by the Humboldt University.

Stele from Tiruppattūr (Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu), end of 9th century. The inscription starts with a Sanskrit verse in Grantha script (lines 1–3) and continues with a Tamil prose portion in Vaṭṭeḻuttu script.

Venue:
September 16, Luisenstrasse 56 (Festsaal), 10117 Berlin
September 17–21, Invalidenstrasse 118 (Institut fuer Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften),10115 Berlin

See the programme below.
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Evening Lecture in Jakarta by Arlo Griffiths (EFEO)

Dear All,

If you are in Jakarta in August, this could interest you.
Arlo Griffiths (Principal Investigator of DHARMA Project) is holding an evening lecture at the Institut Français Indonesia (IFI) on Wednesday, the 21st of August.
The title of his lecture is:
Javanese society in the 13th century: new research on the epigraphic corpus of the reign of Kertanaga

The conference will be held in English.

For more information and register, please go to  Eventbrite.com

 

General Assembly of ERC DHARMA

25 June, 2019
Room 737
54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

The first General Assembly of the ERC DHARMA has been hosted by the CEIAS at the EHESS. It has been attended by the 3 PIs and the scientific coordinator of the partner Organization as well as by close collaborators, recently recruited at the CEIAS (Axelle Janiak), the EFEO (Adeline Levivier) and Humboldt University (Daniel Balogh, Jens Thomas).

Discussions were about: the preparation of the kickoff workshop of DHARMA to be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin (September 16-22); the role of the European Project Manager in the Consortium; the digitization of epigraphical publications; the ordering of digital images; and other various topics.

In the second part of the afternoon, other project collaborators based in Paris joined the group to hear progress reports on work toward transliteration and encoding guidelines, work toward publication of Online Inventory of Nusantara Epigraphy and preparation of Data Management Plan.

On June 26, work sessions were held in smaller groups to further discuss: transliteration and encoding guidelines; metadata online encoding base; Data Management Plan (DMP).