The Encyclodpedia Britannica says, "Epigrapy is the study of written
matter recorded on hard or durable material. The term is derived
from the classical Greek epigraphein ("to write upon, incise") and
epigraphe ("inscription"). It is a prime tool in recovering much of
the firsthand record of antiquity."
Scholars, students, enthusiasts, and history buffs spend countless
hours sifting through the written records of mankind. Besides finding
answers to many of man's mysteries and unanswered questions, their work
is providing a foundation for a future where understanding the ancients will
allow us to understand cross dimensional life forms and also the proverbial
aliens among us.