About the recent activities of the CIK (Corpus of Khmer Inscriptions)

At the Siem Reap EFEO Center (Cambodia), between March and June 2021, Dominique Soutif and Chloé Chollet worked together within the framework of the CIK programme (see https://cik.efeo.fr/). Several tasks were to be carried out to complete and correct the inscription inventory as well as the digital corpus.

Stele K. 1485, photo by Bruno Bruguier

The general inventory of the Khmer inscriptions, which began under the aegis of Professor Gœrge Cœdès at the beginning of the 20th century, has now been taken over by Dominique Soutif for several years. As the inventory has passed through the hands of many people over time, some mistakes were likely to creep in. One of the objectives of the last few months was therefore to check the inventory for potential duplicates and, if necessary, to correct them by assigning a new inventory number. Secondly, many unpublished inscriptions reported to the CIK programme over the past few years have received an inventory number (preceded by the letter K, for Khmer). Thanks to this work, the inventory now includes 1562 entries!

Extract from the inventory.
It can be downloaded at this link: https://cik.efeo.fr/inventaire-cik-des-inscriptions-khmeres/

A second aspect of the recent months’ work has been the updating of the digital corpus. The aim is to have an electronic edition for each of the inscriptions in the above-mentioned inventory. These editions are put in TXT files and classified in several folders (“published inscriptions”, “readings in progress”, “to be deciphered”, etc.). Subsequently, they will be encoded in XML files.

Dominique Soutif and Chloé Chollet corrected several editions (bringing them up to DHARMA standards, correcting mistakes in the metadata, etc.), and some of the recently inventoried inscriptions have also benefited from an initial study (at least a reading), in order to add them in the digital corpus. Today this digital corpus contains 1371 inscriptions out of the 1562 that make up the inventory of Khmer inscriptions!

While doing this work, Dominique Soutif also refined the list of EFEO or National Library rubbings which have not yet been documented, and which constitutes sometimes the only reading material for several inscriptions. For instance, rubbings produced using the Lottin de Laval process are the only visual documentation for 27 inscriptions; and some rubbings kept at the National Library are the only visual documentation for 26 inscriptions. Therefore, the digitization of those rubbings will also be carried out as part of the updating of the corpus of Khmer inscriptions, in order to have reading material for each inscription in the corpus.

Finally, would also like to thank the people who have contributed to the improvement of the corpus: Prof. Chhunteng Hun for his valuable fieldwork and his precious rubbings, Prof. Kunthea Chhom, Prof. Julia Estève, Prof. Dominic Goodall, Prof. Arlo Griffiths and Mrs. Salomé Pichon who improve and correct editions, and make those of unpublished inscriptions. At last, let’s not forget Mrs. Adeline Levivier for her great digitization of the rubbings.

 

 


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