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Tablets Provide Clues to the Achaemenid Administrative Conditions

 

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Achaemenian Dynasty

 09 September 2003

 

 

 Further light is expected to be shed on the administrative, economic, political and income situation of the Achaemenid dynasty as an Iranian expert is set to explore 70 as yet unread clay tablets held in the treasury hall of Persepolis .

Based on a plan that will start on 23rd of September in the treasury hall of Persepolis, Dr. Abdolmajid Arfai - one of the noted inscription readers of the world and former head of the inscription hall of Iran’s National Museum - will set about to read 70 unread tablets kept there. “We intend to read these ancient clay inscriptions and restore their distorted parts,” said Dr. Arfai.

The texts are written in Ilamite cuneiform handwriting in the Achaemenid language. According to Dr. Arfai, the texts are notes and orders of salary payment, and they are considered important historical documents in introducing the lifestyle of the Achaemenid period. Also by reading these tablets, the economic, administrative, political and income situation of one of the important points in the Iranian history will be identified.

“In the Achaemenid era, wheat was given as wage, but in some inscriptions there is reference to salary payment by silver,” said Dr. Arfai. He further expressed he could complete the studies and restoration works of the clay writings by the end of the year and to publish the results in a book for those interested.

 

 

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