Comprehensive Database of Iranian Archaeological Mounds: Project Vashna

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ISAISC – Institute for the Study of Ancient Iranian Society and Culture, May 1, 2019 - Social Science - 512 pages
The Project Vashna – Comprehensive Database of Iranian Archaeological Mounds – is the database of more than 6,000 cultural mounds covering the whole of Iran and the interior of the Iranian Plateau. The series are presented in 31 volumes by the Institute for the Study of Ancient Iranian Society and Culture. The project draws from the power of local reports, satellite imageries and Iranian Cultural Heritage Department’s directories to update and provide a comprehensive account of all cultural tepes across the Iranian landscape – regardless of relative significance or lack thereof. The non-discriminatory approach of the project has led to the discovery of thousands of new mounds across the current boundaries of Iran. 

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Avi Bachenheimer is an Australian archaeologist and historian who is the Head of Research Centre at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Iranian Society and Culture. Bachenheimer has written extensively on topics relating to the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East including pioneering works on the syntax and phonology of Old Persian language and the first archaeological studies ever conducted on the Unfinished Tomb of Darius III at Persepolis.

Avi Bachenheimer received his B.A. in History and Archaeology at The University of Western Australia (2015) under Professor Brian Bosworth, and his M.A. from the same institution in Archaeology (2017), writing his master’s thesis on the Unfinished Tomb of Darius III.

Bachenheimer has formerly taught at the Central Institute of Technology in Near Eastern linguistics, and has been a recipient of the Pilot Project Award from ISAISC in 2017 for Project Vashna: Database of Iranian Archaeological Sites. His expertise in Achaemenid historiography and linguistics has attracted international academic collaborations with the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the National Museum of Iran.

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