Scope and Content

Two Notebooks with plastic covers entitled "Pasargadae Register I 1963" and "Pas. 1963 Register II". These notebooks contain handwritten notes, sketches, and some photographs on finds made in the archaeological excavation of the site at Pasargadae in 1963. This excavation was supervised by David Stronach. Each entry has its own classification number, a description and measurements, Within Register II are loose notes at both the front and rear of the notebook. These include:

  • Three letter in French from Pasche, Swiss archaeologist, concerning the tomb of Cyrus, temple of Artemis at Ephesus and identification of items, handwritten, dated 18 May -29 June 1970
  • List of Registered Objects, Pasargadae '63, typed list
  • Notes, drawings and a photograph

Administrative / Biographical History

David Stronach is recognised as an expert on Pasargadae, which was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great. The archaeological site covers 1.6 square kilometres and includes a structure commonly believed to be the mausoleum of Cyrus, the fortress of Toll-e Takht sitting on top of a nearby hill, and the remains of two royal palaces and gardens. Pasargadae Persian Gardens provide the earliest known example of the Persian chahar bagh, or fourfold garden design. Stronach led extensive archaeological excavations between 1961 and 1963. Full details can be found in his book "Pasargadae: A Report in the Excavations conducted by the British Institute of Persian Studies from 1961 to 1963", a copy of which is held in our Collections.


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