New Volume Edited by John Wee Looks at Ancient Medicine

A new volume edited by Assistant Professor of Assyriology, Dr. John Z. Wee, has just appeared. The Comparable Body: Analogy and Metaphor in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman Medicine uses eleven case studies to explore how analogy and metaphor illuminate and shape conceptions about the human body.

Posted on February 5, 2018

Oriental Institute Symposium on Attire in the Ancient World

Aleksandra Hallmann, Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Oriental Institute, has organized this year's annual symposium on "Outward Appearance vs. Inward Significance: Addressing Identities through Attire in the Ancient World" to be held on March 1st–2nd, 2018, in Breasted Hall. The goal of the proposed conference is to construct (a) definition(s) of the clothed self and investigate multiple trajectories of the dress’ role in the construction of various identities in the ancient world. 

Posted on February 5, 2018

Robert McCormick Adams, Former OI Director, Passes Away at 91

Robert McCormick Adams Jr., former Director of the Oriental Institute, Provost of the University of Chicago, and the Ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, died on January 27, 2018 in Chula Vista, CA at the age of 91.

Posted on February 1, 2018

Highlights of the Collections Publication Available Now

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the print and online publication of a new title: Highlights of the Collections of the Oriental Institute Museum, edited by Jean M. Evans, Jack Green, and Emily Teeter.

Posted on January 22, 2018

New Evidence for a Late Fifth Dynasty Settlement Quarter at Tell Edfu

The American mission at Tell Edfu, directed by Prof. Nadine Moeller and Dr. Gregory Marouard from The Oriental Institute / University of Chicago has discovered two mudbrick buildings of monumental size dating to the late 5th Dynasty, ca. 2400 BCE, at the ancient town of Tell Edfu.

Posted on January 16, 2018

Collaborative Project Studies Climate Change in Antiquity

The Humanities without Walls Consortium supports research at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and Purdue University to study the social respose to climage change in antiquity.

Posted on January 10, 2018

Lecture by David Silverman on "The Other Book of the Dead"

David Silverman, Eckley B. Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania; Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Collection, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will give a lecture about "The Other Book of the Dead" on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 7:00 PM in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on January 7, 2018

Yorke Rowan and Eastern Badia Archaeological Project Featured in Jordan Times

Work in the "Black Desert" of eastern Jordan by the Eastern Badia Archaeological Project , a joint project of the Oriental Institute, and Senior Research Associate Yorke Rowan, and Whitman College, was featured in the Jordan Times in an article by Saeb Rawashdeh, "Piles of Rocks in Jordans' Black Desert Offer Clues to Ancient Past."

Posted on January 5, 2018

Professor Larry Stager, Leader in Near Eastern Archaeology, Passes Away at 74

Larry Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel, Emeritus, Harvard University, died on December 29th after a home accident. He would have been 75 years old on January 5, 2018.

Posted on January 5, 2018

Lecture by Yorke Rowan on "New Discoveries in the Black Desert, Jordan"

Yorke Rowan will give a lecture about "Kites, Tombs, and Houses in the 'Land of Conjecture:' New Discoveries in the Black Desert, Jordan" on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 7:00 pm in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute.

Posted on January 2, 2018