Current Research Initiatives
Instant Web Publishing Database
An internet-based database of the Cheshmeh Ali Publication Project provides a comprehensive catalogue of the
excavated contexts and artifacts from the 1934-1936 Schmidt Expedition. The database includes materials from the
Schmidt Expedition fieldnotes, as well as from the University of Pennsylvania and Oriental Institute collections.
Pottery Iconographic Analysis - Coming Soon!
A comprehensive database is being established recording the motifs, or design elements, on the painted pottery of Cheshmeh
Ali. Each design element is being coded in a computer database for analysis. This
stylistic study will be integrated with a detailed study of the architectural remains from the site, allowing researchers
to better understand the spatial distribution, associations, and development of painted pottery motifs through time.
Transcribed daily logbooks from the Schmidt Expedition to Rayy from 1934-1936. These were transcribed from handwritten
diaries, detailing daily activities and discoveries. Link to a downloadable PDF file.
Cheshmeh Ali Bibliography- Coming Soon!
Brief bibliography of published works relevant to the Cheshmeh Ali Publication Project.
Cheshmeh Ali mapsReturn to Matney Homepage
Scanned versions of a selection of the original plans drawn by Schmidt't team are available for study.
Link to Photographs and Drawings for Ceramic Analysis
Pottery Design Element Catalogue - Coming Soon!|
On-line catalogue of pottery design elements from the Cheshmeh Ali painted ceramics held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Click on the links below to see the range of variation within each category of pottery design element.
I.A. Simple Bands
I.A.1. Horizontal Simple Bands
I.B. Basketry Elements
I.A.2. Vertical Simple Bands
I.A.3. Diagonal Simple Bands
I.D. Triangles, Diamonds, Hourglasses
I.E. Broken Bands (Dots, Dashes, Points)
II.A. Animals (Birds, Goats, Ibexes, Snakes, Cattle)
III.A. "Looms and Snakes"
IV. Unassigned Motifs