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Some new progress in reading wall inscriptions written in Kuchean
Ogihara Hirotoshi
Associate Professor, Hakubi Center, Kyoto University
Recently, the research project collaboratively held by the Xinjiang Kucha Academy, the Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History, Peking University and the Institute for Historical and Philological Studies of China’s Western Regions, School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China has produced fruitful results. In addition to locating the already edited wall inscriptions with details and recording their present condition, more inscriptions written in the Brāhmī script and various non-Chinese languages (e.g. Kuchean, Sanskrit, etc.) have been deciphered during this project. This paper will discuss some of the noteworthy issues and promising approaches concerning the newly published inscriptions according to the author’s experience obtained from the fieldwork in this project as well as other missions of investigating manuscripts kept in various countries.