ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, intended to cultivate comparative and connective investigations of the ancient old world from the Mediterranean to East Asia. It was founded by Shelby White and the Leon Levy Foundation in 2006.
Over five thousand years ago, an astonishing forward-thinking people lived in Malta, an island group in the Southern Mediterranean. Temple and Tomb examines their art, architecture and culture in the first exhibition ever to display Maltese prehistoric art in the U.S. Many of the objects have never before left Malta. The exhibition includes detailed and varied representations of the human figure, decorative architectural reliefs, refined clay vessels, imported stone amulets, as well as a series of historic watercolors, drawings and prints, all drawn from the collections of the National Museum of Archaeology and the Gozo Museum of Archaeology.
Franz Steiner Verlag (Stuttgart) has published Eine Wüstenstadt. Leben und Kultur in einer ägyptischen Oase im 4. Jahrhundert n. Chr., by ISAW director Roger Bagnall. The book presents the results of the excavations at Amheida, in the Dakhla Oasis of Egypt, that started in 2004 and continue as an ISAW field project. The book results from the Häcker Lectures given at the University of Heidelberg by Bagnall in 2010 and has been updated to include excavations in 2011 and 2012.
A joint program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has given ISAW and the University of Heidelberg a three-year grant to create a Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP), building an infrastructure that initially focuses on Greek and Latin texts but that can accommodate other ancient literatures as well. This resource will be based on the technology used at papyri.info but extend its capabilities to deal with richer description of physical characteristics of papyrus manuscripts, more complex critical apparatus, and other distinctive features of literary papyri. Besides NYU and Heidelberg, the KU Leuven, Duke University, and other partners will contribute to the project, which will be led by ISAW Director Roger Bagnall and Rodney Ast of Heidelberg.
ISAW is looking for a talented professional who has experience in financial and grant management to serve as primary financial manager on restricted funding; manage sponsored research grants and contracts and financial activity; maintain comprehensive grant records and grant opportunities; process expenditures against budgets; generate reports; and work closely with faculty, supporting international fieldwork projects. The full job opportunity posting and application instructions are posted on the New York University Careers page, posting number 20095091.