New Exhibit to Feature Archival Images of Persepolis

A new exhibition at the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago will give visitors a rare glimpse inside the ancient city of Persepolis.  “Persepolis: Images of an Empire,” which opens Oct. 13, includes archival photographs and a new multi-media presentation that document an astounding imperial complex of palaces constructed by the Persian kings Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes I and III, who ruled between 522 and 338 BC in today’s southwest Iran. 

Posted on October 7, 2015

Lecture by Debora Heard on "Divine Eldership: Toward the Development of Age as a Social Construct in Meroitic Kush"

Debora Heard, Ph.D. candidate in the departmetn of Anthropology, will give a lecture on ""Divine Eldership: Toward the Development of Age as a Social Construct in Meroitic Kush" on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 5:00pm  in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on September 25, 2015

Lecture by Khadija Adams and JJ Shirley on Theban Tomb 110

Khadija Adams and JJ Shirley will give lectures titled "ARCE Conservation Field Schools and Theban Tomb 100" and "Theban Tomb 100: An Epigraphy and Research Field School" on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 5:00 pm in the LaSalle Banks Room of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on September 11, 2015

Archaeological Projects in Jordan Highlighted for Use of Aerial Survey

The University of Chicago News highlighted Oriental Institute Senior Research Associate Yorke Rowan in an article by William Harms on how "Drones bring new dimension to archaeology."

Posted on August 31, 2015

Gallery Talk by Sam Harris on "The Uruk World"

Sam Harris will give a gallery talk on "The Uruk World'" on Thursday, September 3, at 12:15-1:00pm in the Oriental Institute galleries.

Posted on August 28, 2015

Lecture by Josef Wegner on "The Pharaohs of Anubis-Mountain"

Josef Wegner will give a lecture on "The Pharaohs of Anubis-Mountain: Archaeological Investigations of a Royal Necropolis at Abydos" on Wednesday, September 2, at 7:00pm in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on August 27, 2015

Oriental Institute Statement on the Murder of Khaled al-As'ad

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago mourns the brutal murder by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIL, ISIS, or Da’ish) of Khaled al-As'ad, the retired Antiquities Director for the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria.

Posted on August 19, 2015

Museum Archives Records Added to Online Collections Search

In summer 2015 the archival collections of the Oriental Institute went online through the Search Our Collections page. Over 7,000 records are currently available and more are being added daily.

Posted on August 14, 2015

Employment: Managing Director For the Afghan Heritage Mapping Project (AHMP)

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the position of Managing Director for the Afghan Heritage Mapping Project. This is a three-year position with the possibility of extension.

Posted on August 6, 2015

Egyptian Coffin Conservation Project (Continued)

As part of a grant from the Antiquities Endowment Fund of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), a project to conserve an Egyptian coffin in the Oriental Institute Museum collection (OIM E12072) has continued to make important progress. This unusual coffin contains a selection of spells from the Pyramid Texts and the OI conservation team is treating the coffin so that it can be exhibited in the Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery later this summer.

Posted on August 4, 2015

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