Friday, February 07, 2014

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 Report
In mid-May 2013, Persepolis Fortification Archive Project editors Mark Garrison and Wouter Henkelman were crossing Germany on an intercity train after delivering a joint presentation at the Free University of Berlin. Their lecture, a survey of the religious landscape of early Achaemenid Persia, drew on their years of collaborative work on texts and images preserved in the Persepolis Fortification Archive. They were bound for Castelen, near Basel, Switzerland, to discuss the administration of the Achaemenid Persian empire at a conference co-sponsored by the University of Basel and the Oriental Institute. The conference would commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the discovery of the PFA by Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948), who is buried nearby. The proceedings were to focus on the PFA as the most detailed known manifestation of an “imperial signature” that is traceable across the breadth of the continent that the Achaemenid empire once governed...
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