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 May 24, 2017

Audio from Past Members Lectures Digitized

The Oriental Institute Museum Archives is currently working on a project to digitize the audio-visual materials in the collections of the Oriental Institute. As part of that project, the audio recordings, originally copied on cassette tape, are being digitized and uploaded to the Oriental Institute's YouTube channel. Although the original recordings vary in quality, the digitized audio in many cases represent one of the few, if only, opportunities to hear the voices from great scholars past and present.

Posted on May 24, 2017

Lecture by Emanuel Pfoh on "Aspects of the Political Anthropology of the Southern Levant during the Late Bronze Age"

Emanuel Pfoh will give a lecture about "Aspects of the Political Anthropology of the Southern Levant during the Late Bronze Age" on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 12:00 PM in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on May 8, 2017

Lecture by Bernd Müller-Neuhof on "The 4th Millennium Hillfort Pheonomenon of the Jawa Hinterland"

Bernd Müller-Neuhof will give a lecture about "Did South Levantine Urbanization Emerge in the East? The 4th Millennium Hillfort Pheonomenon of the Jawa Hinterland" on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 12:00 PM in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on May 8, 2017

Lecture by Aydogdy Kurbanov on "Archaeology of Turkmenistan: 1917-2017"

Aydogdy Kurbanov will give a lecture about "Archaeology of Turkmenistan: 1917-2017" on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 12:00 PM in the LaSalle Banks room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on May 8, 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 May 7, 2017

Lecture by Susanne Paulus on "No Coins, No Silver but Gold(?) - How to Pay in Babylonian 1200 BC"

Dr. Susanne Paulus, Assistant Professor of Assyriology, will give a lecture about "No Coins, No Silver but Gold (?) - How to Pay in Babylonia 1200 BC" on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 3:30 PM in Classics 21 as part of the Ancient Societies Workshop.

Posted on May 7, 2017

Neubauer Collegium Panel Discussion on Antiquities

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society will host a penal discussion with Fiona Greenland and Morag Kersel, co-curators of the current exhibit The Past Sold (running April 3 - May 13, 2017), on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. The speakers will "present the contrasting episodes of artifact movement featured in the exhibition: the legal, state-sponsored sale of artifacts from the Early Bronze Age site of Bab adh Dhra’ (Jordan) during the late 1970s, and the illegal looting of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq during the current and ongoing armed conflict in the region. Please see the panel discussion website for more information.

Posted on April 26, 2017

Dimitri Laboury will give a lecture on "Painters and Painting in the Theban Necropolis during the 18th Dynasty"

Dimitri Laboury will give a lecture about "Painters and Painting in the Theban Necropolis during the 18th Dynasty" on April 25, 2017, from 5-7 PM in the LaSalle Banks room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on April 17, 2017

Eastern Mediterranean Seminar on "Papyri and History"

The Eastern Mediterranean Seminar will host the "Papyri and History" Seminar 3 on Friday and Saturday, Apirl 14--15, 2017, in Classics 21.

Posted on April 11, 2017

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