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Ordinance marker stone on Jat's Incline [????- ]

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Jat's Incline has become one of our regular walks, and I'd noticed it has a marker stone a short distance uphill from the temple. The stone is down at bottom left in this view, and the yellow-coloured rock in the distance is part of the temple.

Ordinance marker stone on Jat's Incline

 

I've stopped to take a closer look a few times, but never been able to make out the writing:

Ordinance marker stone on Jat's Incline

 

So last week I went armed with my daughter's box of chalks:

Ordinance marker stone on Jat's Incline

 

There are three lines of text. I wasn't able to make out anything clear in the top line but the middle name has DINANC clear enough to say it read ORDINANCE.

The bottom line looks like a mix of numbers and letters. You'll see I chalked the number at the right as a 6, but looking at this photo I think the loop is the top of the nine not the bottom of the six. I think I can see the letters in the middle too, so it looks like:

???????
ORDINANCE
?? 25 SE 9?

I don't remember seeing an ORDINANCE marker stone before - has anyone else seen any examples?

And any guesses about the rest of the text, or what this stone was used for? It could refer to an Ordinance - a law that was passed? Or maybe I've imagined an "I" and it should be "ORDNANCE", connected with mapping the area?

Suggestions welcome!

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Comments

Hi David,

Suggest to bring along a pack of flour with a paint brush on your next visit and sprinkle them onto the words.  Flour are would probably be cleared away by ants or other insects in notime.  One of my friends learning Fung Shui told me they are using this method to 'read' old engravings on stones\graves on site visits.  Might have to bring along some latex gloves for the application as your hands would be a mess if you do it bare handed and could make a bigger mess with your camera.

T

I google'd how to read old gravestones and it turns out chalk is a bad approach and so is flour: http://www.ncgenweb.us/newhanover/cem1.html

According to that page I'll have to head up there with some tin foil instead! 

Hi David,

I did not consider the micro-organism's damage to those.  The site also mentioned the matter of shadows and light.  Maybe I will switch on the LED light of my phone next time and see if that is sufficient.  If not, there are other portable LED lighting panels (for photography) which may do the trick.  If that works it would be less troublesome then using aluminium foils.

On the other hand, I believe I have also read some photography tutorials saying using ND filters and a tripod for longer exposture may do the same trick.  

T