Dr. Desset is a first-rate excavator and scholar who has done exemplary work at a number of sites in southern and southwestern Iran. He has published a wide range of scholarly papers, on topics ranging from excavation results and comparative studies to profoundly original interpretative studies of several ancient writing systems. The three projects that Ex Oriente Lux is proposing to fund—the Eastern Fars project, the analysis of the chlorite artifacts from the Halil Rud and Carbon-14 dating of selected sites and strata in south and southwestern Iran—are scientifically practical and fundamentally important.
Individually and together, the results of these projects will advance our understanding of the evolution of regional social complexity and clarify the role of southern Iranian centers and populations in the ebb and flow of Middle Eastern history. His vision deserves our support.