Conference on Looting to be Held at the University of Chicago

January 29, 2015

A conference on "Archaeological Looting: Realities and Possibilities for New Policy Approaches" will be held on February 27-28, 2015 in Room 122 of Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th Street). This conference brings together leading authorities to tackle these key questions: Who loots, and why? What is
the impact of looting on objects, archaeological contexts, and nearby communities? How can we take steps to protect ancient art?

Lecture by Henning Börm on "Procopius of Caesarea and the Sasanian Empire"

January 29, 2015

Henning Börm will give a lecture titled "Procopius of Caesarea and the Sasanian Empire" on Tuesday, February 3 at 5:00 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Room 224) of Social Sociences as part of the Iranian World in Late Antiquity Lecture Series.

Lecture by Randy Shonkwiler on "Hovering Birds, the Sun Disk, and the Powers of Kingship"

January 22, 2015

Randy Shonkwiler, Ph.D., will give a lecture titled "Hovering Birds, the Sun Disk, and the Powers of Kingship" on Saturday,February 7, 2015, at 5:00 pm in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Professor Tony Wilkinson, Leader in Landscape Archaeology, Passes Away at 66

January 22, 2015

Professor Tony Wilkinson, of the Archaeology Department at the University of Durham (UK) passed away on December 25, 2015. He was 66 years old. Dr. Wilkinson taught at the Oriental Institute for many years, founded the CAMEL Lab, and was one of the most brilliant archaeologists in the history of the Oriental Institute. A service of remembrance will be held at St. Brandon's Church, Brancepeth Village, followed by a reception in Brancepeth Castle.

Gallery Talk by Kiersten Neumann on "The Wide-Eyed Worshippers of Ancient Mesopotamia"

January 20, 2015

Curatorial Assistant Kiersten Neumann, Ph.D., will give a gallery talk on the Early Dynastic statues from the Diyala region of ancient Iraq on Thursday, February 5, 12:15-1:00 p.m. in The Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery.

Lecture by Walter Kaegi on "Constantine I, Babylon, and Julian's Expedition in Mesopotamia Again"

January 12, 2015

Professor Walter Kaegi will give a lecture titled "Constantine I, Babylon, and Julian's Expedition in Mesopotamia Again" on Thursday, January 15, at 12:00 pm in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Egyptian Coffin Conservation Project

December 22, 2014

The Oriental Institute recently received a grant from the Antiquities Endowment Fund of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) to conserve an important ancient Egyptian coffin in our collection (OIM E12072). An article is now available that provides details about the project.

Oriental Institute Annual Report 2013-2014 is Available Online Now

December 16, 2014

The Oriental Institute Annual Report for 2013-2014 is now available to view online or download as PDF. It contains summaries of the activities of the Institute’s faculty and staff, updates on several research projects, and descriptions of other special events and Institute functions.

New Book by Petra Goedegebuure Examines Hittite Grammar

December 11, 2014

Petra Goedegebuure, Associate Professor of Hittitology, has written a new book re-examining The Hittite Demonstratives.

Online Collections Search Gets Facelift

December 11, 2014

The online Collections Search of the Oriental Institute was recently redesigned to improve user experience.