The “Persepolis Fortification Archive Project” is a research and publication project of the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. In 1933, Oriental Institute archaeologists working at Persepolis in Iran exposed the ruined palaces of Kings Darius, Xerxes, and their Achaemenid Persian successors. They found tens of thousands of clay tablets and tablet fragments in two small rooms of a bastion in the fortification wall at the edge of a great stone terrace. These were administrative records produced in the years around 500 b.c., all strands of a single recording system.

This important ancient archive is currently being studied and published by experts in Chicago and elsewhere. The “Persepolis Fortification Archive Online” (PFA Online) is a vehicle for documenting and disseminating the contents of the archive in an electronic form suitable for advanced philological research.

Click here to launch the PFA Online.

Technical Requirements

The PFA Online makes use of the “Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment” (OCHRE), an innovative Internet database system for cultural heritage information. OCHRE requires the Java Runtime Environment (version 8), which comes preinstalled on most computers. If you do not have Java, or are not sure you have the latest version, click here to install Java, free of charge, and then click the link above to launch the PFA Online. OCHRE requires a high-speed Internet connection, at least 1 GB of main memory, and a screen resolution of at least 1024 × 768 pixels.  Apple Macintosh users must have OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or higher.

[Last revised on  Jan 9, 2018.]

Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment

Organize and integrate all kinds of cultural heritage data, within one research project or across many different projects.

Persepolis Fortification Archive