The C.I.R.G. was born in 1979 in Belgium (Braine-le-Château) after we made the following constatation : lapidary signs are present everywhere in the world, but their study were nearly inexistant because of lack of adaptated tools (classification system, representation method, ...). It was urgent (disparition of signs because of pollution and restaurations) to constitute a research group as international as possible and to allow regular confrontation of research results. Since 1979, international days have been organized regularly (Mons (Belgium, 1979), Nîmes (France, 1980), Saragosse (Spain, 1982), Cambrai (France, 1984), Pontevedra (Spain, 1986), Samoëns (France, 1988), Rochefort-sur-Mer (France, 1990), Hoepertingen (Belgium, 1992), Belley (France, 1994) and Mont-Sainte-Odile (France, 1996)). Some local and regional phenomen are shown during these days. The XI international days of glyptography are organized this year in Palma de Mallorca (Spain, July 1998).
2. Aims of the International Center for Glyptographic Researches
Not only spread and develop but also organize, coordinate and even normalize the researches of the numerous searchers spread all over the world.
Develop a classifying method of signs and at the same time of the precise terminology.
Make up a bank of data at the disposal of the historians, the art-historians, the architects restorers, ethnologists, epigraphists, archeologists and architects.
Lay the foundations of the publishing of a corpus for lapidary signs.
3. Signs typologic example