About Us

The Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents (CCED) is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteer information professionals and graduate students in Information Studies.

CCED Staff

Project Director:
Colin S. Clarke, MISt
University of Toronto


Natalia Pietrzykowski, MI
University of Toronto

Xiaowei Yin, MI
University of Toronto

Digitization and Digital Restoration:

Stephen Tong, MI
University of Toronto

Web Master:

Barrett Fullerton
Hamilton, Ontario

Academic Contributors:

Nima Jamali, PhD Student
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto

Evon Sworesho, MA
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
McMaster University

Project Consultants

Robert Glushko
Professor and Associate Dean, Research
Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian
University of Toronto

Amir Harrak
Professor of Aramaic and Syriac 
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto

Lynne Howarth
Professor and Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Information Studies 
University of Toronto

István Perczel
Professor of Byzantine and Eastern Christian Studies
Department of Medieval Studies
Central European University 

The CCED would like to express sincere thanks to the following:

The Department of Classics
University of Toronto

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto

The Faculty of Information 
University of Toronto

The Royal Ontario Museum

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
University of Toronto
And to the numerous volunteers who have contributed to the project.

About Epigraphy

Epigraphy is the study of writings inscribed on durable materials such as stone, terracotta, wood, or metal. Epigraphy is the study of inscriptions.

Inscriptions are primary documents. As such, they provide direct and immediate reference to the culture being studied. Inscriptions yield information on many aspects of society, including religion, literature, art, architecture, politics, social culture, and language. 

The very words used in inscriptions sometimes offer meanings and nuances previously unrecognized when given in other contexts. These extended meanings can bring a deeper understanding to literary texts and other documents where the words are used.   

Unlike manuscripts, inscriptions provide us with original texts that have not been subject to later editing or revision. They can supply exact details that writers of the time often leave out: the cost of building projects down to the smallest sums, or military expeditions to the man. 

Virtually every aspect of ancient life, both public and private, can be found expressed in inscriptions. Through the study of inscriptions our concept of the ancient world evolves and becomes more complete. 

CCED is Located at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
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