Saturday, July 18, 2015

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Support for the Completion of the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Stolper (John A. Wilson Professor Emeritus of Oriental Studies, the Oriental Institute at The University of Chicago) has been awarded a two-year Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies, in support of the completion of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) Project at the Oriental Institute. The PFA is a group of clay tablets discovered at Persepolis in 1933 by archaeologists from the Oriental Institute and provides an incredible source of information on the languages, art, institutions and history of Achaemenid Persia at its height. The PFA project, under the direction of Professor Stolper was first supported by Roshan Institute in 2013.

The new grant allows Professor Stolper to complete the project by engaging two students to work on the project during summer 2015 and summer 2016, and up to eight students to work part-time during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. This funding and work are of timely importance before the tablets leave the Oriental Institute to return to the National Museum of Iran.
Learn more about the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project
Persepolis in Pleiades

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Persepolis Fortification Archive and the Stanley Cup

Wait, you're telling me you can't see any connection between the Persepolis Fortification Archive and the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy named for Lord Stanley of Preston?

Well we answered this question just about five years ago.

54 years ago, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings for the 1961 championship. In the series leading to that championship two of the greatest athletes in Chicago sports history, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita made their first Stanley Cup appearances. Hull scored two in the first game including the winner, and Mikita scored the winner in game five.

Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull was the brother of Barbara Hull. Barbara Hull was married to Richard Hallock. The circle is complete!

The Backhawks won the cup in 2010, and again in 2013,  and again this year.  Even King Tut is happy!


So now I ask you, what have the Stanly Cup and WWII cryptography to do with each other?

Monday, March 16, 2015

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.

Friday, February 06, 2015