Wednesday, July 05, 2006


PERSEPOLIS AND ANCIENT IRAN. I found this website the other day and really enjoyed browsing it. As such, I thought I would blog about it today. It is a catalog of photographs of the ruins of the ancient capitol of the Persian Empire. It is presented by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

Persepolis and Ancient Iran was originally published as a text/microfiche publication by the University of Chicago Press in 1977. Now the whole collection can be browsed for free! I love the Web and how it can make content more available.

Here are a few images. These are copyrighted and my copy of just a few for non-profit purposes is allowed as fair use under American copyright law:

( Tall-i-Bakun. Contour Map, Showing the Prehistoric Mound and the Extent of the Excavations.)

( Valley of Alamut, View of the "Valley of the Assassins", From an Altitude of 1,200 M on July 21, 1937.)

(Susa, The Achaemenian Palaces.)

From the site:

This document is a catalog of 999 photographs contained in an Oriental Institute text/microfiche publication entitled PERSEPOLIS AND ANCIENT IRAN. With an introduction by Ursula Schneider, former Oriental Institute photographer, it presents a comprehensive survey of archaeological sites in the environs of Persepolis.

The catalog is divided into four sections, summarizing the major areas of investigation: the architecture, reliefs, and finds of the Palaces at Persepolis; the prehistoric mound of Tall-i-Bakun; Istakhr, the Islamic city mound; and the aerial survey flights conducted between 1935 and 1937.

Each section describes the vast accumulation of artifacts uncovered and the buildings reconstructed out of the ruins of this ancient Persian capital. In addition, the expedition's aerial survey explorations are detailed, which constituted an important contribution to archaeological research techniques.

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