Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New journal: Bastanshenasi

A new Iranian archaeology journal has appeared: Bastanshenasi [image of cover and title page courtest of Achemenet]. There appear to be two issues available at this time. This dealer (sales at can supply it. Presumably others can as well.

Monday, March 12, 2007

PFT at the AOS

Matthew W. Stolper, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, will present a paper:

"An Old Persian Administrative Tablet from the Persepolis Fortification Archive"

at the the 217th meeting of the American Oriental Society, Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, on Monday, March 19th [Session A. Ancient Near East, VII: Economy & Society. Maynard P. Maidman, York University, Chair (9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon)]
No abstract is available in the abstract book.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Excavations at Liduma?

Update, March 7, 2007:

The University of Sydney has an interesting illustrated press release on these excavations at Jinjun: Rich finds on royal road

Update, March 1, 2007:

More news (but not much more) on the Iranian/Australian expedition in Nurabad Mamasani, Fars province. The article includes these interesting photographs

An Iranian/Australian team are excavation a site which they claim, in a news story, to be the place Liduma, mentioned in the Persepolis Fortification tablets

MAVI reviewed

Update: March 7, 2007: Achemenet et M.A.V.I. (Musée Achéménide Virtuel Interactif) have also been reviewed in the following:

Le Site à la loupe: Le monde achéménide en ligne - 2 mars 2007, par Corinne Welger-Barboza, in OBSERVATOIRE CRITIQUE des ressources numériques en histoire de l'art et archéologie, 2 mars 2007.

MAVI has been listed in Intute

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Following is the text of Intute's description of MAVI:

"The virtual Achaemenid museum is a multimedia-rich interactive website focusing on the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 560 to 330 BC), also known as Persian Empire. The website publishes a database of artefacts from several museums representing a broad selection of categories and archaeological sites of provenance. It is possible to browse the artefacts in the "consultation" section by museum; archaeological site; category; or iconographic theme. A large sub-section publishes drawings by early travellers to the region. Any object can be saved as link in a special section, "my archive". Section "discovery" publishes a few audio and video presentations of key topics such as the "The Middle-East 550 B.C."; "Cyrus' conquests"; and "Pasargades". The help section is also a brief multimedia presentation and it is very useful to familiarise with the interface. At the bottom left there is a menu which allows to perform keyword searches, to add and access the records saved in "my archive" and to jump to any previously accessed record. For each record there are a few textual details and generally at least one picture, often more than one. Captions and texts change according to the picture displayed, and therefore multiple records may be available for a single object, one for each available photograph or drawing. At the top of each picture there is a menu labelled "tools", which allows zooming; reversing colours; transforming to greyscale; pan; copy; and paste pictures. Among the categories are buildings (architectures); coins; paintings; statues; vessels (both ceramic and metal vessels); and others"