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Liu Fengzhu's Collected Inscriptions in the Kitan Script, the culmination of a lifetime's study of Kitan, is due to be published in late 2008. This will contain all the epitaphs currently available, in both the small and large script, with Liu's annotations. At the University of Inner Mongolia, a research team under the direction of Professor Chinggeltei has been working on an updated version of Research. The epitaphs are also historical documents, and much of the commentaries on the published texts are concerned with identifying the subject of the epitaph, and what information is available in Chinese sources such as the Liaoshi and inscriptions in Chinese from the Liao dynasty. Due to the efforts of past and present researchers, the Kitan inscriptions are less inscrutable than they have been since the discovery of the imperial eulogies in 1924.

Keywords: Chinese sources; Kitan Script; Liao dynasty; Liu Fengzhu; Mongolia



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