Taxing Achaemenid Arachosia: Evidence from Persepolis

  title={Taxing Achaemenid Arachosia: Evidence from Persepolis},
  author={Rhyne King},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={185 - 199}
  • Rhyne King
  • Published 1 October 2019
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
During the Oriental Institute’s exploration of the Persepolis Treasury, excavators found some 269 objects and fragments made of green chert stone.1 In the publication of the finds, Erich Schmidt divided these objects into roughly equal numbers of plates, mortars, and pestles, with a much smaller number of trays. Schmidt interpreted these as “ritual objects,” with his evidence being a seal, depicting the ritual use of a mortar and pestle, that was found impressed on six clay tags in a context… 
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