Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt

Special Exhibit

October 3rd, 2017 – March 31st, 2018


Drones over the Desert: Archaeology and Aerial Photography

Special Exhibit (Lower Level)

November 22, 2016 – ongoing


Oriental Institute to Host a Screening of Letters from Baghdad and Discussion with Filmmakers

The Oriental Institute will host a screen in Breasted Hall of Letters from Baghdad, the story of a true original — Gertrude Bell — sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, led by McGuire Gibson, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology.

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017

Online Publication of News & Notes 235 (2017) is Available

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces complimentary online publication of the 2017 Autumn News & Notes (#235).

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Oriental Institute to Host the 2017 CIPEG Annual Meeting

The University of Chicago and the Oriental Institute have the honor to host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Comité international pour l’Égyptologie” (CIPEG), one of 30 International Committees of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The meeting will be held in Chicago, USA, from September 5th through September 8th, 2017. The theme of this meeting is “The Role of Curators in Museum Research and Exhibits: Tradition, Change, and Looking to the Future.”

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mace Head Misidentified as a Fidget Spinner

A photo of this object, currently on display in our Mesopotamian Gallery, was included in a tweet that recently went viral on the internet with nearly 100,000 likes – and counting. The tweet mistakenly identified the artifact as an early version of the modern-day fidget spinner. It is actually a mace head from ancient Mesopotamia.

Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017