Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum
Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum (TIR) is an online edition of the Raetic inscriptions in the form of an interactive online platform of the MediaWiki type. It was created during an FWF-funded research project (no. P 25495) conducted at the Department for Linguistics of the University of Vienna. Funding ran from 24th June 2013 until 23rd June 2016.
The contributors are:
- Stefan Schumacher (project director)
- Gudrun Bajc (illustrator and photographer)
- Martin Braun (system administrator)
- Sindy Kluge (research and data entry)
- Corinna Salomon (research and data entry)
The aim of the TIR project was a comprehensive collection, display and linguistic analysis of the inscriptions which are considered part of the Raetic corpus. The project therefore comprised the following tasks:
- Collecting all Raetic inscriptions hitherto known, including those of doubtful status.
- Examining the original inscriptions, and documenting them, including photos, drawings and photogrammetry.
- Collecting and examining the secondary literature concerning both the individual inscriptions, and Raetic language and script, archaeology, and history in general.
- Creating a database and online interactive platform capable of displaying the inscriptions in an online corpus, with all aspects of the inscriptions (linguistic, archaeological, and graphematic data) documented exhaustively.
As of 24th June 2016, with the end of the project, the edition can be considered complete. All inscriptions and the objects they are written on, except the lost pieces, were autopsied, and all are recorded in TIR on individual pages. However, the website will continue to be edited and serviced. Minor corrections may still be made; further information on the Raetic script, language and archaeology of the Raetic area will be added continuously in the form of pages for words, morphemes, phonemes, characters and sites, as well as summary texts on relevant topics. For information on the structure of the system and help with navigating it, please consult How to use TIR.
Note that herewith, the TIR edition is fully citable: In the future, pages will only be deleted and created anew when this is made necessary for technical reasons. Otherwise, all changes made in the data provided on the website are recorded via the page history. I.e., even when pages are updated, all previous versions will be accessible.
The project is considered to be a follow-up task to Lexicon Leponticum, and constitutes the next step towards a comprehensive online collection and edition of sources concerning the North Italic alphabets. In the course of the project, the employment of free open-source software for the online presentation of scientific content in the humanities has been be further improved and refined. We encourage the adoption of such collaboration and communication tools as MediaWiki for scientific purposes. Watch this space for notifications on continuative projects!
If you have comments, suggestions for improvement, or if you found a dangling link, please do not hesitate to contact us!
The project continues to take part in the COST-project AELAW - Ancient European Languages and Writings (ISCH COST Action IS1407), supported by the European Union, active from 13th April 2015 to 12th April 2019. Further information on the AELAW-project can be found on the project's website.