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


Lecture by Gideon Avni on "Jerusalem between Late Antiquity and Early Islam"

Gideon Avni will give a lecture about "Jerusalem between Late Antquity and Early Islam: Urban Zoning and the Creation of a Multicultural City" on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 12:00 pm in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017

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 (1868–1926)— 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

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