Successful Applicants


Successful Applicants in 2016–2017

Kathryn Bandy, University of Chicago – The Stela of the Chief Lector Priest of Edfu, Ibi, at the Oriental Institute

This project involves a study of the stela belonging to the chief lector priest of Edfu, Ibi, beginning with a close examination of its formal qualities, workmanship, and owner's family, followed by a consideration of the stela within its cultural context. The publication of the stela will not only shed further light on Ibi, his family, and ancient Edfu, but also the broader corpus of early 18th Dynasty provincial stelae, including those of ancient Edfu. 

Rachael Dann, University of Copenhagen – Original Materials from the OINE Excavations at X-Group pierod Qustul & Ballana

This project involves the study of the original archival materials from the Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition's excavations at Qustul and Ballana, with a focus on the private, non-royal burials. This research on unpublished documents of the collection will benefit our understanding of social life in Lower Nubia in the X-Group period.

Magnus Widell, University of Liverpool – Oriental Institute Ur III Tablet Project

This project proposes to edit and publish the unpublished Ur III tablets in the Oriental Institute. Ur III tablets record the daily activities of high- and low level bureaucrats and administrators, and as few other ancient texts are capable of doing, they illuminate the social history and society, and are therefore of major importance for our understanding of Mesopotamia’s earliest history. 


Successful Applicants in 2015–2016

Moujan Matin, University of Oxford – The Origins of Tin Glazed Pottery: A Technological Examination of 8th-10th Century Ceramics from Islamic Lands

This project will involve a study of archaeological materials in the Oriental Institute Museum, namely ceramic sherd material from the sites of Rayy and Istakhr (Iran), and Aqaba (Jordan), with a view to carrying out future scientific analysis to explain technological developments and transfer of materials through their chemical characteristics.

Yael Rotem, Tel Aviv University – Nahal Tabor Cemetery in the Central Jordan Valley during the Early Bronze Age I-II: Burial Customs and Death Rituals at the Transition to Urban life

This project involves the study of materials from the Oriental Institute excavations of the Nahal Tabor Cemetery in the Jordan Valley. The project includes the preparation of this material for publication. This study of objects and archival materials will build upon the researcher’s analysis of ceramics and stratigraphy from the Oriental Institute’s excavations at Tel Yaqush, Israel.   

Tasha Vorderstrasse, University of Chicago – Material Culture from Medieval Anatolia in the Oriental Institute Museum 

This project examines medieval material culture from the archaeological site of Alishar Hüyük, Turkey, which was excavated by the Oriental Institute in the 1920s and 1930s. The project involves the preparation of this material for publication. This will place the objects within a broader archaeological and historical context of medieval Anatolia, particularly for the 12th-13th centuries.


Successful Applicants in 2014–2015

Jamie Novotny, University of Pennsylvania – Sources for Ashurbanipal in the Oriental Institute 

This study contributes to the final publication of prism fragments of Assurbanipal in the Oriental Institute collections, as part of the Royal Inscriptions of the Assyrian Period project at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Cline, George Washington University – An archaeological history of Megiddo

This project involves the study of Oriental Institute archives, and the selection of photographic archives and object images for a book in preparation about the history of excavations at Megiddo, including the Oriental Institute’s Expedition in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Katharina Streit, Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Black burnished ware: a shared trait of the northern and southern Levant in the 6th Millennium BCE

This project seeks to compare prehistoric ceramic sherds from Tell Kurdu and Judaidah (Amuq Plains) at the Oriental Institute with similar material from excavations in Israel (Ein al-Jerba). Visual analysis will be compared with p-XRF analysis to test the variability of similar ceramic types between the northern and southern Levant.

Elon Heymans, Tel Aviv University – Two Iron Age silver hoards from Megiddo 

This project involves the detailed study of an Iron Age silver hoard from Megiddo in the Oriental Institute’s collections. To date there has been no full typological study of the elements and multiple fragments of ingots and jewelry that make up the hoard.