Persepolis: Images of an Empire

Special Exhibit

October 13, 2015 – September 3, 2017


Drones over the Desert: Archaeology and Aerial Photography

Special Exhibit (Lower Level)

November 22, 2016 – ongoing


New Book by Clifford Ando and Seth Richardson Explores the Ancient State

A new book edited by Clifford Ando, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics, History, Law and in the College, and Seth Richardson, Research Associate and Managing Editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, explores "the ways in which early states built their territorial, legal, and political powers before they had the capabilities to enforce them" across three continents.

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oriental Institute Acquisitions Policy approved

On May 10, 2017 the Oriental Institute Voting Members approved an acquisitions policy for the Oriental Institute Museum.

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Christopher Woods Appointed Director of the Oriental Institute

Dr. Christopher Woods, Professor of Sumerian, has been appointed the thirteenth director of the Oriental Institute. He will begin his tenure as directoy on July 1, 2017, succeeding Dr. Gil Stein, Professor of Archaeology, who has served as Oriental Institute Director since 2002. Woods, who has degrees from Yale University and Harvard University, has published widely on Sumerian linguistics and culture, including his book on The Grammar of Perspective: The Sumerian Conjugation Prefixes as a System of Voice. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Near Eastern Studies and administered the Oriental Institute's Post-Doctoral Scholars program.

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Oriental Institute Makes Accessing Its Collections Even Easier

  The Oriental Institute welcomes researchers to make use of our wide-ranging collection of ancient Near Eastern artifacts as well as our expansive photographic and document archives. In order to facilitate access to our collections, we have created a new section on our website entitled Access the Collections. From the landing page, you will find links to pages devoted to Museum Registration, Museum Archives, and the Tablet Collection and to photo requests and permissions to publish. Guidelines and fillable PDF request forms are available for all modes of access. We hope this new feature of our website, alongside our ever-growing Search Our Collections, will encourage the use of the Oriental Institute collections. 

Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2017