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    Persepolis excavations

    Caption: "The terrace of Persepolis (air view). The terrace at its front of west edge is 50 feet high, built of blocks weighing as much as 40 tons. The roofed building in the right foreground is the Harem palace of Darius and Xerxes, reconstructed by the Institute's Iranian expedition for which it serves as a field headquarters. In right centered near foreground is the Palace of Xerxes, at its immediate left, at the terrace edge, the winter palace of Darius. The thirteen tall columns in the area again at the left, are all that remain of the forest of them which supported the roof of the Royal Audience Hall. At the east end of this the expedition discovered the superb royal stairway with its sculptured reliefs." RF photo #21220a.
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    Persepolis excavations

    Caption: "Northern portion of the Persepolis terrace, seen from the air (approximately 3000 feet). The large ruin at the left is the Hall of One Hundred Columns. The open space to its right is the concourse on to which gives the great double stairway leading to the Royal Audience Hall. The trences, at the lower left-hand corner of the terrace, are actually the bastion store rooms or archives where the expedition uncovered 30,000 cuneiform clay tablets. This entire great area still awaits excavation and promises to yield epoch-making finds. The seven stone foundation documents of Xerxes shown in Fig. 3 were found in a room of the terrace garrison, the ruins of which are at the head of the stairway leading to the terrace from the bend in the highway." RF photo #21220b.
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    Persepolis excavations

    Caption: "Seven inscribed stone foundation documents of Xerxes. These tablets are seen in situ exactly as uncovered by the expedition. The seventh table is at the right, facing the others. The inscriptions are in Elamite, old Persian and Babylonian cuneiform. Three of the tablets contain wholly new historical material of the firs importance: the remaining four are duplicates of known inscriptions." RF photo #21220c.
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    Persepolis excavations

    Caption: "Restoration of magnificent audience hall stairway reliefs by the Iranian expedition. When Alexander the Great destroyed Persepolis in 331 B.C., the great adobe walls of the buildings tumbled in, covering these carved stone reliefs. Wherever the stone was broke by the crash, the fragments were largely preserved under the protecting mass of slowly disintegrated adobe. The expedition is thus able to mend and restore broken places like the above." RF photo #21220d.