1996-97 ANNUAL REPORT
McGuire Gibson has been able to devote more time to research and publication this year, having come to the end of his term as president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. He has made real progress on the publication of material excavated in Iraq before 1990. He continues as general director of the Diyala Objects Project and as co-director of the Dhamar Project (see separate reports). During the year, he delivered several public lectures, the most important being a presentation at the Illinois Humanities Festival, in which he discussed the importance of the Assyrian Queens' tombs found at Nimrud. He was also a Stiegler Lecturer at the University of Arkansas. He worked with other archaeologists of the university in reorganizing and reorienting the Committee on Archaeological Studies, which he chairs. He also continued to organize and administer a humanities workshop, entitled "Elementary Forms of Everyday Life," which is sponsored by that Committee. Although no longer an officer of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, he continues to serve on its board and on the executive committee of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
Revised: July 30, 2007