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date: 04 August 2020

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This chapter discusses the significance of medium in epigraphy and palaeography with special attention given to the particular challenges of hieroglyphic palaeography that are not faced in palaeographic analyses of hieratic. A hieroglyphic palaeography must be the prerequisite, well documented, for a discipline that emerges now with some difficulty, Egyptian grammatology. It should span the history of the script, be aware of the most minute details of each single sign and their possible significance. But it must cope with the enormity of the textual corpus: an obstacle that digital tools cannot always overcome without a significant collective investment.Taking into consideration past, present, and future methods of research, the chapter concludes with a vision for future collaboration among these various subfields of Egyptology.

Keywords: medium, epigraphy, palaeography, hieroglyphic, hieratic

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