The textbook has been edited by the following scholars:
- Jebrael Nokandeh: Director of the National Museum of Iran
- John Curtis: Chief Executive Officer of the Iran Heritage Foundation
- Marielle Pic: Director of the Department of Oriental Antiquities, Musee du Louvre
The information below is the news release from the Iran Heritage Foundation pertaining to the textbook:
Tappeh Sialk on the outskirts of modern Kashan is arguably the most important ancient site in Iran before the rise of the Persian Empire in 550 BCE. Excavations here in the 1930s by a French team and by Iranian teams from 2000 AD onwards have cast light on the history of Iran from 6000 BCE onwards, spanning the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. These results have been so significant that Tappeh Sialk has become a ‘type-site’ for Iranian archaeology and has provided a chronological framework against which other sites in Iran can be measured.
In addition, the spectacular finds from two cemeteries at Sialk now grace museums in Tehran and Paris as well as in other parts of the world. In view of the special importance of Tappeh Sialk, two international conferences were held at Asia House in London in 2017 and 2018 with the intention of reviewing what is known about the site and how it may best be protected and promoted in the future. A selection of papers delivered at the first two conferences is published in this volume. This is the first volume in a series of IHF special studies.
For more information with respect to pre-Achaemenid era Iran (as far back as the Neolithic era), kindly click the image below: