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palaeography

1. the study of the handwritings of the past, and often the manuscripts as well, so that they may be dated, read, etc., and may serve as historical and literary sources
2. a handwriting of the past
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I was a very young priest and, unfortunately, quite a stranger as yet to Irish history, whilst he was the very foremost of living Celtic scholars and palaeographers.
Although rarely attributable to individual reigns without the input of palaeographers, papyrus has demonstrated a very high rate of dating reliability.
Historians have identified a whole series of traditions and developments throughout the course of medieval, Enlightenment, and modern times that have contributed to the survival of the Olympics, including the English tradition of medieval peasant recreations and aristocratic tournaments, the "pseudo-Olympics," as Redmond calls them (7), the professional records of historians, travelers, archeologists, cartographers, and palaeographers, the prominence of ancient Greek ideas in the works of educational theorists and philosophers, and the growth of international sport.
Only the complementary evidence of inscriptions can confirm or refute such superficial, visual identifications, and only researchers who are careful, experienced palaeographers and historical linguists can reasonably reliably read many early inscriptions, let alone correctly discern their meaning.
The very precise MS dates given by some editors and commentators have no palaeographical basis; the margin of error in dating book hands of this period can be up to fifty years, and the datings by professional palaeographers are correspondingly elastic' (p.
Because they concern themselves almost exclusively with classification of letter forms and with production traits -- the data considered most essential for dating, localization, and transcription of texts -- palaeographers and codicologists have largely failed to consider the phenomena that interest students of the history of reading most.
It has distinctive zoomorphic decoration of an animal head and tiny snakes, which find their best parallels in seventh-century manuscripts and metalwork; as for the inscription itself, the verdicts of palaeographers and epigraphers suggest that it floats somewhere between the early years of the Augustinian mission (from AD 597) and the eighth century, where some epigraphic parallels survive--another indication of the partial nature and uncertainty of our present state of knowledge.
Significantly, the script demonstrates features identified by palaeographers as characteristic of the Iberian Pregothic and Gothic script forms.
The carefully-positioned signs were in some cases within a cartouche or filled for enhanced prominence, and some have been studied by palaeographers (Cheung 1983,368).
The Handlist adds several new items (mainly fragments and membra disecta of manuscripts) that have come to light over the past two decades, includes Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in libraries in Japan and New Zealand, and excludes manuscripts recorded in the `Preliminary list' which palaeographers have since dated after 1100 or which cannot be shown with certainty to have been written in or to have reached England by 1100.
Most early palaeographers did not appreciate, or even understand, the holistic intent and potential of modern field archaeology.
Both Hayer and Ott are experienced and judicious palaeographers, in whose expertise one can have full confidence.