The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Researchers at Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago for the first time have identified an Old-Persian (Aryan) inscription among the loaned Achaemenid-clay tablets, announced Abdolmajid Arfaee, an Iranian Archaeologist with ICHT .
This invaluable collection of clay tablets is currently
housed in the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in trust for
Arfaee stated that University of Chicago has not disclosed their discovery in
detail, but they will publish their findings soon. This
discovery is expected to shed further light on the administrative, economic and
political situation of Iran during the reign of the Achaemenid dynasty
The Persepolis’ Fortification Tablets are administrative records inscribed on clay tablets in Elamite-cuneiform. Parts of two archives of such tablets were discovered in Persepolis in 1933-34 and 1936-38 by the archaeological expedition of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. They belonged to administrative records kept by agencies of the Achaemenid imperial government during the reigns of Darius the Great, Xerxes the Great and Artaxerxes I.
The Fortification Tablets include many records of transactions which chiefly concerned with distribution of foodstuffs, management of flocks, and provisioning of workers and travellers, at locations throughout most of Persis and eastern Elam, and probably at some locations to the northwest and southeast of those areas of the empire. The records drawn up at those sites were sent to a central office at Persepolis.
The Fortification texts also include many records compiling and tabulating information from similar registrations into accounts covering many months, or relatively large areas, or both. The tablets also show that working Iranian women during the Achaemenid dynastic era received wages and salaries three times those of the men holding similar job positions. Those working for the government also received child benefits and other extra benefits.
compilations were made in the offices of Persepolis itself. The tables vary in
size, shape and format. Many of them are small in format, and record single
transactions or single groups of transactions in outlying areas.
ancient tablets originally loaned to the Oriental Institute include thousands of
earthen tablets containing information on the daily lives and languages of
people living during the Achaemenid period over 2,500 years ago.
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For further news about the Persepolis Fortification Tablets visit Persepolis Fortification Archive Projet (the site is maintained by Dr Wouter Henkelman, Dr Charles Ellwood Jones and Dr Matthew W. Stolper).
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