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An external view of an epigraphic page (click to enlarge):

epigrafía

In order to better distribute the content, each epigraphic page is organised according to six further tabs: “General Features”, “Text and Critical Apparatus”, “Epigraphy and Palaeography”, “Illustrations”, “Archaeological Context” and “Bibliography”.  At the top of each page there is a clearly noticeable heading with the key data needed to identify the inscription. In the MLH Reference field it is noted that the inscription is included in corpus Monumenta Linguarum Hispanicarum by J. Untermann or that the author noted it in the unpublished supplement (followed by SUP).

The “General Features” tab offers information about the base and the physical features of the inscription.

In the “Text and Critical Apparatus” tab a system to comfortably visualise the critical apparatus has been developed. The text or text sequence with its script variants is highlighted in blue, in such a way that, by moving the mouse over it, a bubble appears with the script variants relating to that section. In order to transcribe the different languages a choice was made to use the most popular current systems employed by specialists: for Iberian, that used in the MLH by Untermann was followed, while for Celtiberian the preferred transliteration was that of Villar 1995 (see Scripts)

The “Epigraphy and Palaeography” tab includes epigraphic and linguistic information and comments, with the resulting interpretations where appropriate. There are also observations of palaeographic interest. For Iberian inscriptions (at the moment, for the file on Narbonensian inscriptions), the tab offers the possibility of accessing lexical comments by clicking on the “Lexical References” link. In doing this, a field emerges in which the text of the inscription is repeated with the words or segments in blue. By moving the mouse over each of these, a bubble appears with the lexical entry and its corresponding commentary. The information offered is organised in three sections which are separated by a slash sign /: Next in the entry, the MLH reference and date are given first; then there is a short commentary on the entry; and finally, a brief relevant bibliography is provided.

The “Illustrations” tab provides access to the illustrations contained therein.

The “Archaeological Context” tab contains all the information relating to the discovery site, the dating of the inscription and archaeological observations.

Finally, the “Bibliography” tab includes the references to the inscription, with a special mention of the first edition of the inscription.

On the right-hand side of the page, there are buttons to help users to move around inside the folder and look for any data that they may be interested in. On clicking Search a comprehensive search form appears in which they may fill out the fields into which they might want to group the inscriptions in the database. Once the request has been sent and a selection obtained, they will be able to generate a distribution map based on the selection or save the data in a PDF document. For more information, see the Search Help.

 

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