This book represents the final report on the field work carried out in 2008 and 2009 by the Iranian-Italian Joint Archaeological Mission at the archaeological site of Persepolis West, where parts of the town adjacent to the well-known Achaemenid monumental terrace of Persepolis have been located. The eleven trial trenches excavated in areas indicated by the results of Iranian and Iranian-French geophysical surveys represent the first stratigraphic excavations ever carried out on this site, the dating of which is supported by a rich series of radiocarbon datings. Illustration of the excavations is preceded by an accurate geophysical study of the topographical context and accompanied by a detailed and richly illustrated analysis of pottery and other finds: the safe stratigraphic context makes these finds a particularly important source of evidence for our knowledge of the ceramics of Fars during the historic pre-Islamic age. The excavations largely confirm the location of the built-up area of Parsa indicated by geophysical surveys.
Askari Chaverdi, the Iranian director of the Iranian-Italian Joint
Archaeological Mission, is an Associate Professor in the Department of History
and Archaeology, Shiraz University, and Vice-Chancellor of the Shiraz
University of Arts, Iran. He has carried out several excavations in Fars,
focusing on the pre-Islamic historic periods, from the Achaemenid to the
Callieri, the Italian director of the Iranian-Italian Joint Archaeological
Mission, is a Professor in the Department of Cultural Heritage of the
University of Bologna, Italy. From 1977 to 2000 he worked in the Swat Valley
(Northern Pakistan). In 2005 he started field work in Iran, focusing on the
pre-Islamic historic periods in Fars.
Babak Aminpour, Ali Asadi, Martina Battisti, Manuela Capano, Luca Colliva,
Marco Galuppi, Sebastien Gondet, Nabil Ibnoerrida, Elisa Iori, Hamid Karami,
Somayeh Khoshbakht, Fabio Marzaioli, Emad Matin, Alan Mercuriali, Kourosh
Mohammadkhani, Isabella Passariello, Abazar Shobeiri, Filippo Terrasi, Mousa