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versions that have been most recently edited, and of the
results brought forward from them, would quickly teach the
lines on which it is desirable to deal with the records so as to
produce the uniformity of treatment that is requisite, and
would inevitably awake an interest that would induce a steady
desire to join in the work that we have in hand. But we hope,
also, that others may be induced to co-operate, by examining
more methodically and critically the subsidiary sources of
information, and by bringing forward their results in such
a way as to make them available for being easily worked in
with the more special results derivable from the epigraphic
The principal materials are the epigraphic records, the
inscriptions. And a very brief study of some of them will
suffice to show the specific importance of them, and to excite
a desire to join in exploring them. But the subsidiary
materials, also, are numerous and interesting. And anyone
who will take any of them in hand systematically, with just
enough knowledge of the results derived from the inscriptions
to show the objects that require to be kept in view and the
general lines of work that should be followed, can render
assistance the value of which will be made clear enough when
his results are put forward in an accessible form, even if it may
not be fully realizable by him while he is actually at work.
J. F. FLEET.
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
AR . =Asiatic Researches; vol. i (178) to vol. xx (I836-39).
ASI .. =Reports of the Archaeological Survey of India; CUNNING-
HAM'S Series, vol i (1871) to vol. xxiii (I887); general
index by V. SMITE (1887).
ASSI . = Reiorts of the Archaeological Survey of Southern India; vol. i
(1887), The Buddhist Stupas of AmaravaLi and Jaggayya-
peta, by BURGESS; vol. vi (1894), South-Indian Buddhist
Antiquities, by REA.
ASVI. - Reports of the Archaeological Survey of Western India;
BURGESS'S Series, vol. i (1874) to vol. v (1883).
B.ESIP =BURNELL, Elements of South Indian Palaeography; 2nd edition
C.AGI =CUNNINGHAM, Ancient Geography of India, the Buddhist
C.BT . -CUNNINGHAM, The Bhilsa Topes IS5).