Selection of Inscriptions in Angkor
National implementing agency: Ministry of Culture
Project duration: 2000-2004
Total project budget: US$ 702,860
"This guide should also be devised for epigraphy amateurs. This guide is currently being prepared jointly by Professors LONG Seam, of the Phnom Penh University, Professor Yoshiaki ISHIZAWA, Dean of the Foreign Language Department of the Sophia University in Tokyo, and Professor Claude JACQUES, Director for Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. The introduction will include an outline of Khmer palaeography and Sanskrit metric.
The book will be divided into three parts, presenting whole or extracts of inscriptions about history, religions and Khmer society. More than twenty Khmer or Sanskrit texts will be translated and commented. Images of the engravings themselves will of course be appended. There will also be an appendix with samples of inscriptions in other languages (Thai, Birman, Japanese and even Arabia), found in Angkor or its vicinity.
To be complete, Professor ISHIZAWA will add a short study of Chinese sources compared to the findings of Khmer epigraphy. The Chinese sources seem to be of great importance in the comprehension of the first centuries of Khmer history."
Extract from "Preservation of Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Trust Fund" p.11
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO