Persian culture dating
Radiocarbon dates suggested a date of death around 1996.
The autopsy could not show whether the woman’s neck had been broken deliberately or not, but Pakistani police launched a murder investigation.
The programme drew attention to the resources and organization that must have supported the fabrication of the mummy: a person with knowledge of anatomy and embalming techniques, a cabinet maker, a stone carver, a goldsmith, and someone with a rudimentary knowledge of cuneiform.
Riggi claimed to be acting on behalf of a Pakistani acquaintance, and said that the mummy was available for purchase.
The translation, prepared by a ‘cuneiform expert at a major American university’ (Romey and Rose 2001: 25), identified the mummy as the daughter of the fifth-century BC Achaemenid Persian King Xerxes.
This lecture will analyse the process of identity formation in the communities of the Persian Gulf by studying textual sources, as well as imperial and national objectives, that have determined these outcomes.
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet is Walter H Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.