Seminar Details:

LANS Informal Seminar
"Emergency recording of persian antiquities: electronic imaging editing, and presentation of the persepolis fortification archive"

DATE: November 3, 2011

TIME: 15:00:00 - 16:00:00
SPEAKER: Matthew W. Stolper and Sandra Schloen, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
LOCATION: Building 240, 1404-1405, Argonne National Laboratory

This presentation will introduce what the Persepolis Fortification Archive (PFA) is (tens of thousands of clay tablets bearing texts in several ancient languages and impressions of thousands of seals, from about 500 BC), why it matters (rich, detailed and unique source of data on languages, art, institutions, society, and religion at the center of the Achaemenid Persian Empire), what the problem is (a lawsuit that threatens the integrity of the archive and future research access to the original documents), and what the PFA Project's (see, and response is (enable continuing research by making and distributing usable records of the objects); and will then discuss some of the Project's imaging techniques (high-quality conventional scans and Reflectance Transformation Imaging) and one of its forms of dense presentation of images, editorial and analytical content (the On-Line Cultural Heritage Research Environment, see http://


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