SCHMIDT, Erich Friedrich. Baden-Baden 13.9.1897 — Santa Barbara CAL 3.10.1964. German Archaeologist in the U.S.A. Lost early his father, he had military education and served in WW I. Wounded in 1916 he spent four years in Russian camp of war prisoners. Back in Germany he started studies at Berlin, but in 1923 emigrated to the U.S.A. Now studies Anthropology at Columbia under F. Boas. In 1925-26 excavated Hohokam culture in Arizona, in 1927 joined the Anatolia-Hittite Expedition of Oriental Institute. In 1934-39 famous excavations at Persepolis. A pioneer of the use of aerial photography in archaeology. Twice married., two children
Publications: Diss. on Hohokam culture. 1928.
– Anatolia Through the Ages: Discoveries at the Alishar Mound, 1927-1929. Chicago 1931.
– The Treasury of Persepolis and Other Discoveries in the Homeland of the Achaemenians. O.I.C. 21. Chicago 1939.
– Flights Over Ancient Cities of Iran. Chicago 1940.
– Persepolis. I. Structures, Reliefs, Inscriptions. Chicago 1953, II. Contents of the Treasury and Other Discoveries. Ch. 1957; III. The Royal Tombs and Other Monuments. Ch. 1970.