A new Center for Epigraphical Studies at Persepolis World Heritage Site: A Guest Post

A new Center for Epigraphical Studies at Persepolis World Heritage Site


On behalf of Persepolis World Heritage Site, it is of utmost pleasure to announce that the Center for Epigraphical Studies has started its work at Persepolis.

Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam and other surrounding sites are considered major ancient sites, not only in Iran, but also in the region encompassing the ancient Near East. It is noteworthy that Persepolis and its trilingual Achaemenid inscriptions played a significant role in the history of cuneiform studies, especially during the early phases of the decipherment of cuneiform in late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Also, a significant amount of trilingual Achaemenid royal inscriptions and administrative tablets (belonging to Persepolis Treasury and Fortification archives) were found in Persepolis and other adjacent sites. Still, the epigraphical evidence in this region is not limited to cuneiform documents.

A variety of scripts and languages in different formats, such as inscriptions, tablets and graffiti belonging to various periods, from Achaemenid to early 20th century can be seen everywhere in the whole area of Persepolis and its surroundings.

As a result, Dr H. Fadaei, the director of Persepolis World Heritage Site, together with other staff members, decided to establish a specialized center for epigraphical studies which can help researchers work together with PWHS staff on documentation, digitalization, publication, and even preservation/restoration of all kinds of epigraphical evidence that are located, or will be uncovered in the future, at Persepolis and other related sites. Another objective of the Center for Epigraphical Studies is to hold seminars, workshops and talks for graduate students, researchers, and the staff of PWHS on different aspects of epigraphical studies. Therefore, all kinds of help are warmly welcomed.

PS. It is necessary for every institute or research center to possess a well-stocked library. PWHS has already a library containing more than 3000 books and journals, still more publications that can help epigraphists and other researchers are needed. Therefore, any donations in the form of hard copies of books and journals will also be very welcomed.

Soheil Delshad

Advisor of Persepolis World Heritage Site