Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

In 1933, Oriental Institute archaeologists working at Persepolis, clearing the ruined palaces of Kings Darius, Xerxes, and their Achaemenid Persian successors, found clay tablets in two small rooms of a bastion in the fortification wall at the edge of the great stone terrace. These were records produced by the operations of a single administrative organization in the years around 500 BC, all strands of a single information system. Most of the Fortification tablets came to the Oriental Institute in 1936, on loan for study and analysis. The results of long, painstaking work—especially the late Richard T. Hallock’s magisterial analysis of 2,087 Elamite texts—were far-reaching. Individually, the documents are mere records of storage and outlays of food, but as a whole, the Persepolis Fortification Archive shows a broader spectrum of Achaemenid Iranian society than any other source, from the lowliest workers to the king’s own family. The PFA has fundamentally changed every aspect of the study of Achaemenid Iranian languages, art, institutions and history.

Mission: The Persepolis Fortification Archive Project is a new phase in recording and distributing the information that brings about these changes, using electronic equipment and media alongside the conventional tool-kits of philology and scholarship.

12/08/2017
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08/16/2016
Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

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This site provides information on the Persepolis Fortification Archive project based at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

From the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, 4: ‘His Own Death’ in Bisotun and Persepolis
03/16/2015
From the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, 4: ‘His Own Death’ in Bisotun and Persepolis

From the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, 4: ‘His Own Death’ in Bisotun and Persepolis

Stolper, Matthew W. “From the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, 4: ‘His Own Death’ in Bisotun and Persepolis.” ARTA: Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology 2015, no. 002 (2015): 1–28. http://www.achemenet.com/document/ARTA_2015.002-Stolper.pdfAnd see AWOL's author index of all articles

New in ARTA: “Achaemenid Administrative Tablets 3: Fragments from Old Kandahar, Afghanistan.”
02/06/2015
New in ARTA: “Achaemenid Administrative Tablets 3: Fragments from Old Kandahar, Afghanistan.”

New in ARTA: “Achaemenid Administrative Tablets 3: Fragments from Old Kandahar, Afghanistan.”

Stolper, Matthew W., and Michael T. Fisher. “Achaemenid Administrative Tablets 3: Fragments from Old Kandahar, Afghanistan.” ARTA: Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology 2015, no. 001 (2015): 1–27. http://mini-site.louvre.fr/trimestriel/achemenet/ARTA_2015.001-Fisher-Stolper.pdf.

Fascination with Persepolis. European perception of Achaemenid monuments in writing and image, from the fourteenth to th...
02/03/2015
Fascination with Persepolis. European perception of Achaemenid monuments in writing and image, from the fourteenth to the twentieth century

Fascination with Persepolis. European perception of Achaemenid monuments in writing and image, from the fourteenth to the twentieth century

An interesting new dissertation on European perceptions of Achaemenid monuments available open access.Title: Fascinatie voor Persepolis. Europese perceptie van Achaemenidische monumenten in schrift en beeld, van de veertiende tot de twintigste eeuwAuthor(s): Vuurman, C.J.M.Publication year:

Two members of the Persepolis Fortification Archives team receive awards
01/29/2015
Two members of the Persepolis Fortification Archives team receive awards

Two members of the Persepolis Fortification Archives team receive awards

Two members of the Persepolis Fortification Archives team will be among those who received awards at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2015. James R. Wiseman Book Award2015 Wiseman Book Award winner Elspeth Dusinberre.Each year the James R. Wiseman Book Award C

Achemenet Project teams up with Oriental Institute to study ancient Persia
01/29/2015
Achemenet Project teams up with Oriental Institute to study ancient Persia

Achemenet Project teams up with Oriental Institute to study ancient Persia

Achemenet Project teams up with Oriental Institute to study ancient PersiaJuly 16, 2014 Through a partnership with the Achemenet Project in Paris, France, the Oriental Institute will provide online access to new images and documentation of the most significant parts of its Achaemenid period (550-

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project  in the Oriental Institute's 2013-2014 Annual Report
01/29/2015
Persepolis Fortification Archive Project in the Oriental Institute's 2013-2014 Annual Report

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project in the Oriental Institute's 2013-2014 Annual Report

The Oriental Institute's 2013-2014 Annual Report has appeared online 2013–2014 Annual ReportPersepolis Fortification Archive Project By Matthew W. Stolper, pp. 128-137Persepolis Fortification Archive Project Annual Reports 2012-2013 Annual Report2011 - 2012 Annual Report2010 - 2011 Annual Report2009

Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology, and Ethics
01/29/2015
Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology, and Ethics

Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology, and Ethics

Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology, and Ethics [Paperback] Matthew T. Rutz (Editor); Morag Kersel (Editors) Details Scholars working in a number of disciplines – archaeologists, classicists, epigrap

Persian.ology
04/25/2014
Persian.ology

Persian.ology

Persian.ology: gate-keepers of (clay) dinosaur bones, the story of the discovery and recovery of the Persepolis (Parsa) administrative archives (Persepolis Fortification Archive and Persepolis Treasury Archive) in the early 1930s. (114 pages, about 62M)By A. J. Cave, April 2014persian.ology : gate-k

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on the Gettleman decision
04/03/2014
Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on the Gettleman decision

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on the Gettleman decision

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports the Gettleman decision"The Law Cited by Plaintiffs Does Not Offer the Remedy They Seek" - Rubin v. IranThursday, April 3, 2014"The court recognizes the tragic circumstances that gave rise to the instant action, but finds that the law cited by plaint

News: Archive.ology: start with (clay) dinosaur bones, spice with love
03/04/2014
News: Archive.ology: start with (clay) dinosaur bones, spice with love

News: Archive.ology: start with (clay) dinosaur bones, spice with love

Archive.ology: start with (clay) dinosaur bones, spice with love By A.J. Cave 03/03/14 Dr. Matthew Stolper Once upon a time people used something called paper for writing all sorts of things, from love letters to secret sauce formulas to stockholder reports. It was when writing was just w

Open Access Publications on Persepolis from the Oriental Institute
03/04/2014
Open Access Publications on Persepolis from the Oriental Institute

Open Access Publications on Persepolis from the Oriental Institute

Open Access Publications on Persepolis from the Oriental InstituteSeals on the Persepolis Fortification Tablets, Volume I: Images of Heroic Encounter. Mark B. Garrison and Margaret Cool Root, with contributions by Charles E. Jones. 2001.Persepolis and Ancient Iran (967 Photographs) 1976.Aramaic Rit

Lecture in Toronto for the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies
02/10/2014
Lecture in Toronto for the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies

Lecture in Toronto for the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies

On Wednesday, 19 February, Matthew W. Stolper, John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, will give a lecture for the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies:PERSIAN RECORDS IN CRISIS: RESCUING THE PERSEPOLIS FORTIFICATION ARCHIVEThe Persepolis

Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project 2012-2013 Annual Report
02/08/2014
Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project 2012-2013 Annual Report

Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project 2012-2013 Annual Report

Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project By Matthew W. Stolper From The Oriental Institute 2012-2013 Annual ReportIn mid-May 2013, Persepolis Fortification Archive Project editors Mark Garrison and Wouter Henkelman were crossing Germany on an intercity train after delivering a joint presen

News: Iranian researcher renders inscriptions of Persepolis
11/04/2013
News: Iranian researcher renders inscriptions of Persepolis

News: Iranian researcher renders inscriptions of Persepolis

Iranian researcher renders inscriptions of Persepolis 4 Nov 2013 14:19Iran Book News Agency Abdul Majid Arfaei, a professor of Ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures, has translated ‘The Inscriptions of Persepolis’ in four volumes which have been handed over to the Cultural Heritage Organi

Lecture: De Persépolis à l'Arachosie achéménide: à propos des fragments de tablettes élamites trouvé
10/21/2013
Lecture: De Persépolis à l'Arachosie achéménide: à propos des fragments de tablettes élamites trouvé

Lecture: De Persépolis à l'Arachosie achéménide: à propos des fragments de tablettes élamites trouvé

Matthew W. StolperDe Persépolis à l'Arachosie achéménide: à propos des fragments de tablettes élamites trouvés dans l'ancienne KandaharLundi 4 novembre 2013, 17h00Collège de France, 11 place Marcelin-Berthelot, Paris 5e, salle 5.Retrouvez toute l’actualité du site Achemenet

News: CHTHO Chief in Pursuit of Iran’s Ancient Relics in New York Visit
09/10/2013
News: CHTHO Chief in Pursuit of Iran’s Ancient Relics in New York Visit

News: CHTHO Chief in Pursuit of Iran’s Ancient Relics in New York Visit

CHTHO Chief in Pursuit of Iran’s Ancient Relics in New York Visit Fars News AgencyTue Sep 10, 2013 5:13 TEHRAN (FNA)- Vice-president and head of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Mohammad Ali Najafi vowed to follow up the case with returning Iran’s ancient tablet

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on a motion for a summary judgement in Rubin vs.
08/26/2013
Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on a motion for a summary judgement in Rubin vs.

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on a motion for a summary judgement in Rubin vs.

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hillaire reports on a motion for a summary judgement in Rubin vs. IranChicago Museums Seek Summary Judgment in Rubin v. IranThe Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute filed a motion for summary judgment last week seeking t

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute grant to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project
08/20/2013
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute grant to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute grant to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

In March, 2013, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute awarded a grant of $30,000 to the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago to support summer work on the Project by six students, both from Chicago and from other universities.Since late May the

From Humban to Auramazda – Image and Text. A New Religious Landscape for the Early Persians
05/10/2013
From Humban to Auramazda – Image and Text. A New Religious Landscape for the Early Persians

From Humban to Auramazda – Image and Text. A New Religious Landscape for the Early Persians

Vortrag: From Humban to Auramazda – Image and Text. A New Religious Landscape for the Early Persians Wouter F. M. Henkelman and Mark B. GarrisonFrom Humban to Auramazda – Image and Text. A New Religious Landscape for the Early Persians Montag, 13. Mai 2013, 15.00 Uhr The Persepolis Fortification t

Eightieth Anniversary of the Discovery of the Persepolis Fortification Archive
03/04/2013
Eightieth Anniversary of the Discovery of the Persepolis Fortification Archive

Eightieth Anniversary of the Discovery of the Persepolis Fortification Archive

March 4 2013 is the Eightieth Anniversary of the Discovery of the Persepolis Fortification ArchiveThe text of the telegram from Ernst Herzfeld to James Henry Breasted announcing the discovery of the Persepolis Fortification Archive, received 4 March 1933:Hundreds Probably thousands business Tablets

News: Rick St. Hilaire Comments on the First Circuit Ruling in Favor of MFA and Harvard
02/28/2013
News: Rick St. Hilaire Comments on the First Circuit Ruling in Favor of MFA and Harvard

News: Rick St. Hilaire Comments on the First Circuit Ruling in Favor of MFA and Harvard

First Circuit Rules in Favor of MFA and Harvard in Rubin v. IranThursday, February 28, 2013Rick St. Hilaire on his blogThe First Circuit Court of Appeals on February 27, 2013 decided in favor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and Harvard’s museums in the case of Rubin v. Iran.The case involve

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project's cover photo
02/28/2013

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project's cover photo

News: U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Rejects Bid to Seize Iranian Antiquities at Harvard
02/28/2013
News: U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Rejects Bid to Seize Iranian Antiquities at Harvard

News: U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Rejects Bid to Seize Iranian Antiquities at Harvard

Federal Court Rejects Bid to Seize Iranian Antiquities at Harvard February 28, 2013 - 3:00amInside Higher EdThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Wednesday that people injured by a terrorist attack financed by Iran cannot make a claim on Iranian antiquities held in a Harvard Universi

News: The First Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Rubin v. Iran
12/05/2012
News: The First Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Rubin v. Iran

News: The First Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Rubin v. Iran

The meaning of "OF": The First Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Rubin v. Iran Tuesday, December 4, 2012This post is researched, written, and published on the blog Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire at culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com.The First Circuit Court of Appeals today heard arguments

Rugs Illustrating Achaemenid Monuments
12/01/2012
Rugs Illustrating Achaemenid Monuments

Rugs Illustrating Achaemenid Monuments

[Originally posted on March 14th 2008, updated on March 29th with the addition of the caption. Updated 1December 2012 with the addition of the Nazmiyal rug]Click on the photos for bigger picturesThis is a photograph of The Persepolis Kerman. This rug was woven in the Kerman workshop of Hajji Gholam

News: Humanities Day 2012: Oriental Institute’s Persian artifacts are subject of ongoing lawsuit
10/24/2012
News: Humanities Day 2012: Oriental Institute’s Persian artifacts are subject of ongoing lawsuit

News: Humanities Day 2012: Oriental Institute’s Persian artifacts are subject of ongoing lawsuit

Humanities Day 2012: Oriental Institute’s Persian artifacts are subject of ongoing lawsuitAmericans attempting to get redress from the Islamic Republic of Iran want to take possession of the artifacts, currently on loan at the Oriental Institute. by Hamid Bendaas - Oct 23, 2012 2:52 pm CDT For ne

Images uploaded to InscriptiFact
10/16/2012
Images uploaded to InscriptiFact

Images uploaded to InscriptiFact

InscriptiFact has recently uploaded another set of images of Persepolis Fortification Tablets. They were all of uninscribed (anepigraphic) tablets. Of 319 tablets there are 2360 PTMs and 202 conventional images (jpeg images with scales in them).An other set is currently in preparation for upload in

News: Archaeologists Unearth and Reopen the Achaemenid Swage System at Persepolis
07/10/2012
News: Archaeologists Unearth and Reopen the Achaemenid Swage System at Persepolis

News: Archaeologists Unearth and Reopen the Achaemenid Swage System at Persepolis

Archaeologists Unearth and Reopen the Achaemenid Swage System at Persepolis The News Section of the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS) Tuesday, 10 July 2012 18:51LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian Archaeologists have begun work on unearthing the Persepolis swage system, which in ancient times diver

News: Illinois District Court Gets Case Back Following Supreme Court's Rejection of Appeal -- U.S. Files Amicus Brief in...
07/10/2012
News: Illinois District Court Gets Case Back Following Supreme Court's Rejection of Appeal -- U.S. Files Amicus Brief in First Circuit Supporting Museums

News: Illinois District Court Gets Case Back Following Supreme Court's Rejection of Appeal -- U.S. Files Amicus Brief in First Circuit Supporting Museums

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire comments on the status of Rubin et al. v. Islamic Republic of IranMonday, July 9, 2012Rubin v. Iran Update: Illinois District Court Gets Case Back Following Supreme Court's Rejection of Appeal -- U.S. Files Amicus Brief in First Circuit Supporting Museums

Roundup of Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project Annual Reports
07/03/2012
Roundup of Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project Annual Reports

Roundup of Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project Annual Reports

The Oriental Institute Membership Office publishes the Oriental Institute Annual Reports and distributes them in book form as one of the privileges of membership. They are not for sale to the general public. They contain yearly summaries of the activities of the Institute’s faculty, staff, and res

Persepolis News: Part of Persepolis sewage system unearthed
06/14/2012
Persepolis News: Part of Persepolis sewage system unearthed

Persepolis News: Part of Persepolis sewage system unearthed

Part of Persepolis sewage system unearthedPayvand Iran News ...06/06/12Source: Tehran TimesA team of Iranian archaeologists has recently discovered 20 meters of a canal of the sewage system of Persepolis in southern Iran. The team led by Ali Asadi has been commissioned to carry out excavations of t

News: Solicitor General Tells U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Rubin v. Iran Case
06/06/2012
News: Solicitor General Tells U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Rubin v. Iran Case

News: Solicitor General Tells U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Rubin v. Iran Case

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire comments on the status of Rubin et al. v. Islamic Republic of IranSaturday, June 2, 2012Solicitor General Tells U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Rubin v. Iran Case Saying that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals got it right, the US Solicitor General told the

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