Dura Europos Discovery Tour - Yale University Art Gallery Collections

May 10-13, 2017

Led by Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse, Research Associate, Oriental Institute, PhD'04

Wander through the ancient city of Dura Europos, a crossroads of cultures dating to the turn of the Common Era, located on the Euphrates in Syria. Join Oriental Institute Research Associate Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse on a tour to the Yale University Art Gallery collections in New Haven, Connecticut to explore this site, which was discovered by James Henry Breasted in 1920.  Excavated by a joint French Academy-Yale University team in the 1920s and 1930s, Dura Europos revealed exceptional artifact preservation, including wall paintings, papyri, and other objects, primarily dating to the first centuries AD, which reflect the rich cultural life of the city.


Wednesday, May 10

Arrive in New Haven, Connecticutt

Thursday, May 11

10:00am: Meet at Yale University Art Gallery

10:00-11:30am: View select Dura Europos coins not on display in the Coin Room at the museum

11:30am-1:30pm:  Lunch

1:30-3:30pm: Tour of the Dura Europos gallery

3:30-5:30pm: Free time in the museum to see other parts of the Yale University Art Gallery.

6:30pm: Group Dinner

Friday, May 12

10:00am: Meet at Beinecke Library

10:00am-12:00pm: Visit to Beinecke Library to view select papyri and parchment not on display from Dura Europos

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch

2:00-4:00pm: Possible visit to the Yale Babylonian Collection

6:30pm: Farewell Dinner

Saturday, May 13

Depart New Haven

Offered in conjunction with the course, Dura Europos: Life on the Roman Empire’s Edge and Its Discovery, Saturdays from April 22 – May 6, 2017.

To register for the course and/or the tour, click here.

Cost: $185 for members; $225 for non-members.  Flight, hotel, and meals not included.

Minimum enrollment: 10; maximum enrollment: 18.

For more information about the tour and discounted accommodations, contact Jennie Myers at 773-702-9513 or oi-membership@uchicago.edu.

Photo: Scutum (shield), mid-3rd century A. D. (Yale University Art Gallery 1933.715. Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos)