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Inscription Castle of Darmstadt
Epigraph / inscriptions
Proposal status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: dieterdreist
Tagging: historic=epigraph
Applies to: *
Definition: An epigraph in archaeology is an inscription on an object

Draft started: 2019-03-08


This tag can be used for all kinds of inscriptions to map the inscription itself. It can be particularly useful in case of big objects, where it allows to store the exact position (and eventually size, if you do not represent it as a node) of an inscription, for example in case of a building or wall. In case of small objects or if the whole object contains the inscription (e.g. a memorial plaque), you would not use this tag but rather add the tag inscription=* on the object itself. The tag can also be useful to distinguish several inscriptions on the same object.



In case of inscriptions made by a specific culture, you should also consider to add:

If you want, you can add tags to specify the size and location:

  • height=* the height of the inscription that is represented
  • width=* the width of the inscription that is represented
  • ele=* the elevation of the lowest point of the inscription (unsure about this, it may lead to data consumers thinking it would be the ground elevation of that point. Maybe altitude=* would be better? Min_height doesn't catch it either (searching the analogy to 3d building tagging).


To specify the subtype of the epigraph, the following tags are proposed: This list is in a very early stage and might get completely restructured, use at your own peril

  • epigraph=building_construction for inscriptions on buildings referring to their construction or reconstruction, including names of builders and craftsmen, craftmen signs, dates
  • epigraph=person for inscriptions referring to a person (e.g. a commissioner, building owner)
  • epigraph=graffiti for historic graffiti

Applies to

All epigraphs / inscriptions, can be added on nodes, ways and areas.


Please comment on the discussion page.