|Matthew W. Stolper
Project Director, Persepolis Fortification Archive Project
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
The Persepolis Fortification Archive consists of tens of thousands of clay tablets and fragments, as well as administrative documents made in about 500 B.C., and excavated in Iran in 1933. The tablets and fragments bear cuneiform texts, Aramaic texts, and impressions of seals. The Persepolis Fortification Archive Project at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, responding to a legal threat to the tablets, is making and distributing electronic records of the documents, including very high-resolution digital scans, Polynomial Texture Mapping images, conventional digital photography, and low-resolution/high volume flatbed scans; along with cataloging and editorial metadata; all to be distributed on a rolling basis via at least four Websites, based at the University of Chicago, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Collège de France (Paris).