Wednesday, January 28, 2009

News from Achaemenet

Livres récents
Peter Calmeyer, Die Reliefs der Gräber V und VI in Persepolis (Archäologie in Iran und Turan 8), Mainz 2009.

John Hyland, “Pharnabazos, Cyrus' Rebellion, and the Spartan War of 399”.

Sous presse
Olivier Casabonne, “De la Cappadoce à la Cilicie : deux notes anatoliennes”, in: O. Tekin (ed.), Ancient History, Numismatics and Epigraphy in the Mediterranean World, Studies in Honour of Clemens E. Bosch, Sabahat Atlan and Nezahat Baydur, Istanbul (forthcoming).

For details go here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Petition to the President: Persepolis Fortification Archive

Members of the Societas Iranologica Europea request that colleagues read and consider signing the following petition:

To the President of the United States of America

Mr President,

It has been reported by the Press and confirmed by authoritative scholarly sources that an important part of the Elamite clay tablets forming the archive of the Achaemenid center of Persepolis, found during excavations at Persepolis (Iran) and presently on loan to the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, are currently involved in a lawsuit in the US courts, and face the threat of confiscation and sale in order to compensate a legal case brought by private persons against the Government of Iran.

Without entering the matter of the legal case, we the undersigned archaeologists from different countries of Europe, Oceania and America, remark that the Elamite tablets, being cultural property, should not be considered as a common property, whose financial value can be exploited for the purpose of legal compensation.
The antiquities belong to the cultural heritage of Iran on behalf of human kind and should therefore remain in public hands.

We therefore, well aware of the separation of powers, nevertheless apply to you in order that this unconscionable decision with irreversible consequences should be avoided.

A country such as the United States should not be complicit in the sale of the world’s cultural heritage.
Sign the Petition

For a chronicle of networked stories relating to the Persepolis Fortification Archive and the lawsuit see: Persepolis Tablets in the News.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Oriental Institute Publications on Iranian Civilization

The following list includes those publications of the Oriental Institute which are currently available either in print, or in the OI Electronic Publication Initiative, ordered stratigraphically (i.e. most recent at the top)