paleography

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pa·le·og·ra·phy / ˌpālēˈägrəfē/ (Brit. pa·lae·og·ra·phy) • n. the study of ancient writing systems and the deciphering and dating of historical manuscripts.DERIVATIVES: pa·le·og·ra·pher / -fər/ n.pa·le·o·graph·ic / ˌpālēəˈgrafik/ adj.pa·le·o·graph·i·cal / ˌpālēəˈgrafikəl/ adj.pa·le·o·graph·i·cal·ly / ˌpālēəˈgrafik(ə)lē/ adv.