The lives of the ordinary people are reconstructed by making a detailed analysis of the inscriptions:
- They are historically important as they act as a source of information about the social and political situation in those times.
- They generally gave information about the achievements of the Kings as the inscriptions were generally written by men under the service of the Kings.
- Some of the earliest inscriptions were generally written in the Prakrit.
- Some of the inscriptions also mentioned the date of their commission. In other cases the actual dates of the inscriptions can be determined by several techniques.