November 16, 2000

The Oriental Institute Publications Office announces ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS ON-LINE, selected publications to be distributed online as an experimental foray into the electronic dissemination of its titles. This manner of distribution, Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) and the titles suitable for it, will be evaluated during calendar year 2001.

The first title is: SAOC 45: Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy - An Introductory Grammar of Demotic (Third Edition), Janet H. Johnson.

November 13, 2000

The October 2000 Acquisitions List of the Research Archives is now available on-line.

October 18, 2000

The Acquisitions Lists of the Research Archives are now available on-line:

  1. Acquisitions - February 2000.
  2. Acquisitions - March 2000.
  3. Acquisitions - April 2000.
  4. Acquisitions - May 2000.
  5. Acquisitions - June 2000.
  6. Acquisitions - July 2000.
  7. Acquisitions - August-September 2000.


  1. Dissertations Available in the Research Archives in .pdf format.
    (October 16, 2000)

October 3, 2000

A progress report on the Amuq Valley Project, covering the summer 2000 field season, is now available. It highlights the project's summer survey at Tell Atchana (Alalakh).

September 18, 2000

Notes, written by Oriental Institute Museum Director Karen Wilson, regarding the upcoming traveling exhibition: Treasures From The ROYAL TOMBS Of UR are now available.

September 11, 2000

A dissertation proposal by Hratch Papazian, presented to The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, and approved in Oct 1999, entitled The "Per Shena": From Palace Estate to Sacred Storehouse. The Structure and Evolution of an Ancient Egyptian Economic Institution is now available.

September 8, 2000

The Persian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum will open to the public on September 9, 2000 following a four year renovation project. The 1500-square foot gallery displays approximately 1000 objects dating from the Archaic Susiana Period (ca. 6800 B.C.) to the Islamic Period (ca. 1000 A.D.). The installation of climate control systems to the museum enabled many fragile objects of bone and metals to be exhibited for the first time. The gallery space was designed by Vinci/Hamp Architects of Chicago. New cases, constructed of walnut, were designed by Vinci/Hamp Architects and built by Helmut Guenschel of Baltimore.

September 5, 2000

Information regarding the upcoming Special Exhibition: Treasures from the ROYAL TOMBS of UR, at the Oriental Institute Museum from Oct 21, 2000 through Jan. 21, 2001, is now available. This is a Traveling Exhibition Organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

August 11, 2000

Better late than never, the 1996-1997 Oriental Institute Annual Report, the 1997-1998 Oriental Institute Annual Report, and the 1998-1999 Oriental Institute Annual Reportare now available. Links to their respective entires have also been added to homepages of numerous Institute archaeological and philogical projects and departments.

A new Institute archaeological excavation in Syria, the Qinnasrin Project, now has a homepage.

July 14, 2000

We have established a new list for the distribution of the Acquisitions Lists of the Oriental Institute Research Archives. You'll find the information necessary to subscribe to that list at the RABooks Home Page.

July 6, 2000

We have added external links in two places on the Oriental Institute website toJames Henry Breasted's 1928 Annual Address to the American Historical Association, a document recently made available on the American Historical Association's website. Our links are located at: THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE - A BRIEF HISTORY and THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE - IN THE BEGINNING.

July 6, 2000

The Oriental Institute Museum Store, "The Suq", has updated its Book Listings for the following topics: Anatolia, Archaeology, Art, Biography, Children, History, Languages, Mesopotamia, Religion-Myth, and Syria. The remaining topics will be updated shortly.

May 26, 2000

A new Oriental Institute archaeological project, the Hamoukar Expedition, reports on its first, 1999 season of excavations in northeastern Syria.

May 25, 2000

Due to technical issues, the Oriental Institute Public Programs page has been changed to a single page, chronological listing, format that the visitor can scroll through, color coded by the type of event.

March 29, 2000

A critique by Dr. Norman Golb of the current exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Field Museum in Chicago is now available: THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY OVER THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE FIELD MUSEUM EXHIBITION.

March 28, 2000

Two articles by Dr. Norman Golb, pertaining to the current exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Field Museum in Chicago, are now available: As The Scrolls Arrive In Chicago..., and Small texts, big questions....

March 27, 2000

The Conservation Laboratory now has a Homepage on the Oriental Institute's website, detailing its new, post-renovation facilities and its current "Archaeological Iron Storage Research Project".

February 10, 2000

The Oriental Institute is proud to announce that the Web version of our Research Archives catalogue is now available, at:

The catalogue can also be reached via the Home Page of the Research Archives, at

January 7, 2000

A new discussion entitled IS A TANNAITIC MASTER REFERRED TO BY NAME IN THE SIMEON BEN KOSIBA PAPYRI?, by Prof. Norman Golb, is now available. It offers new readings of Murabba'at papyrus 24, revealing for the first time, inter alia, the name of an early rabbinic figure in the Bar Kokhba texts.