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Modern Technology Fuels Study of Ancient Tablets

The polynomial texture mapping machine in use. Photo Credit: persepolistablets.blogspot.com/

The polynomial texture mapping machine in use at the Oriental Institute. Photo Credit: persepolistablets.blogspot.com/

New technological advances are helping fuel the study, collaboration, and discussion of thousands of tablets discovered in Iran in 1933, and on loan to the Oriental Institute since 1936.  The Persepolis Fortification Archive has benefitted from the use of  an advanced electronic imaging machine that takes a set of 32 pictures of each side of the tablet and then knits the images together to create a cohesive image that the viewer can manipulate as needed.  Not only are the images recorded for posterity and further research, they can also be transported electronically to researchers around the world to allow for collaboration, learning, and further study.

Matt Stolper, Director of the Persepolis Fortification Archiver says, “thanks to electronic media, we don’t have to cut the parts of the archive up and distribute the pieces among academic specialties.  We can combine the work of specialists in a way that lets us see the archive as it really was, in its original complexity, as one big thing with many distinct parts.”

To read more about this exciting project please click here.

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