Decipherment, especially of ancient inscriptions.(noun)
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Use "epigraphy" in a sentence
"His fourth expedition took place in 1892-94, and was fruitful and rich in Arabic epigraphy."
""Some have proposed it as another reference to 2012, but I remain rather unconvinced," David Stuart, a specialist in Mayan epigraphy at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a message to The Associated Press."
"OK, sometimes it's epigraphy, but hey, first they came for the palæographers, then the epigraphers ALL the TIME."