Lecture by Kathleen Sheppard on "The Tomb of the Two Brothers, or Margaret Murray and the Manchester Mummies"

Kathleen Sheppard, University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, will give a lecture titled "The Tomb of the Two Brothers, or Margaret Murray and the Manchester Mummies" on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 5:00 pm in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on April 20, 2015

Lecture by Raphael Greenberg on "The Future of Archaeology in Israel Palestine"

Rabphael Greenberg will give a lecture on "The Future of Archaeology in Israel Palestine" on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Room 142 at 1155 East 60th Street.

Posted on April 15, 2015

Harry A. Hoffner, Co-Founder of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary, Passes Away at 80

Harry Angier Hoffner, Jr., John A. Wilson Professor Emeritus of Hittitology at the University of Chicago, passed away on March 10, 2015. He was 80 years old. Dr. Hoffner co-founded the Chicago Hittite Dictionary in 1976 with Hans Gustav Güterbock. He was well-known for his work on Hittite myths and letters. In 2008, he published an important grammar of the Hittite language with Craig H. Melchert. Services were held on Tuesday, March 17 at College Church in Wheaton, IL.

Posted on April 3, 2015

Oriental Institute Collections Research Grants Available for 2015-2016

For the 2015-2016 year, the Oriental Institute will have grants available to provide financial support for researchers who wish to study objects in the Museum and Archival collections. Interested scholars can visit the Collections Research Grant webpage to find out more about the application process and deadlines.

Posted on March 18, 2015

Lecture by Shaul Shaked on "The Jews of Bamiyan"

Shaul Shaked will give a lecture on "The Jews of Bamiyan: A Community of Traders and Scholars in Eleventh-Century Khorasan" on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute.

Posted on March 12, 2015

The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting

As highlighted in the recent UChicago News article Neubauer Collegium Conference Tackles Complex Issue of Archaeological Looting, the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has established a project to address archaeological looting. "The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting" brings together archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, social scientists, public policy experts, and legal scholars, in hopes of finding better answers to one of the most intractable problems facing those who care about culture: how to stem the worldwide epidemic of looting of archaeological sites and shrines.

Posted on March 12, 2015

Oriental Institute Statement on Cultural Destruction in Iraq

On February 26, 2015, a video was released online by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that showed a group of men destroying important sculptures from the sites of Hatra and Nineveh housed in the Mosul Museum, as well as sculptures at the Assyrian site of Nineveh, also in Mosul, Iraq. The video was subsequently rebroadcast by multiple media agencies around the world. These acts have generated an international outcry, including from organizations that specialize in cultural heritage and the archaeology of the Middle East.

Read the Oriental Institute’s statement on cultural destruction in Iraq

Posted on March 5, 2015

Lecture by Amy Landau on "Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue"

Amy Landau, Ph.D., will give a lecture on "Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue" on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 5:00 pm in Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute.

Posted on March 2, 2015

Smart Tabs Enabled for Online Collection Search

The online Collections Search has been updated with a smart tab feature to improve efficiency and user experience.

Posted on February 28, 2015

Conference on "Structures of Power: Law and Gender across the Ancient Near East and Beyond" at the Oriental Institute

A conference on "Structures of Power: Law and Gender across the Ancient Near East and Beyond" will be held on March 6-7, 2015 in Breasted Hall at the Oriental Institute. This conference seeks to contribute new dimensions to the study of gender relations and law in the ancient world as a whole, and particularly in the ancient Near East. It will host a varied group of experts who will discuss the ancient Near Eastern cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Hatti, the classical world of Greece and Rome, ancient China, Zoroastrianism, and the monotheistic religions of Judaism and Islam.

Posted on February 26, 2015

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