The results do indeed justify Falk' s unorthodox procedure, particularly, for example, in the case of the problematic Erragudi and Rjula-Mandagiri inscriptions, which are indeed rendered easily and reliably legible by Falk' s drawings (fig. 5, p. 71). [...] his direct observations of the inscriptions has enabled him to propose several improvements on the standard published editions of some of the minor rock edicts, notably Erragudi (p. 71), Gujarr (p. 77), Nittur (p. 85; many clarifications), and especially Maski (p. 82), where a complete reading of the inscription is presented since The text has been severely misread because the surface is too destroyed for taking suitable readings.\n On the basis of his visit to the modern quarries at Chuar (Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh), where many ancient pillar fragments (illustrated on p. 155) still remain on site, Falk challenges the conventional notion that all of the Asokan pillars were quarried there, on the grounds that the stone there has no black inclusion at all, which are characteristic for most of the true Asokan pillars (p. 155).
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