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The latest news and announcements from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.

Summer Fieldwork: Sören Stark on Excavations in the Bukhara Oasis, Uzbekistan

by Sören Stark Aug 25, 2014

4th century CE tower during excavation
4th century CE tower during excavation
ISAW’s project investigating the Ancient and Medieval defense system of the Bukhara oasis, directed by Sören Stark, began its 2014 field season on June 30th (in cooperation with the Uzbek Academy of Sciences). Apart from members of the ISAW community, our team consists of s
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Summer Scholarship: Karen Rubinson on East Asian Archaeology

Summer Scholarship: Karen Rubinson on East Asian Archaeology

by Karen Rubinson Aug 04, 2014

In June, I participated in the 6th Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology, held in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.  Three hundred scholars gave papers in 25 sessions; my presentation, “On the Road Again: Chinese Mirrors in Afghanistan,” ...

Summer Scholarship: Dan Potts on Elam

Summer Scholarship: Dan Potts on Elam

by Daniel T. Potts Jul 15, 2014

Summers are often devoted to fieldwork but in some cases writing is on the agenda. Last year I was persuaded by Asya Graf, archaeology editor at Cambridge University Press, to undertake a revised edition of The Archaeology of Elam, a book ...

Save the Date! New Exhibition Opens October 8

News: Save the Date! New Exhibition Opens October 8

by Kristen Soule Jul 09, 2014

Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BCE. For the next 300 years, under the rule of the Macedonian Ptolemies, Greek and Egyptian cultures coexisted, with the royal house defined by intrigue, intermarriage, and a skillful manipulation of Greek and Egyptian iconographic motifs for political purposes. ISAW’s fall exhibition illuminates this royal family’s canny use of cultural tropes to consolidate power and inspire loyalty among a mixed population. Come to ISAW’s galleries and discover royal portraits both large and small, luxury goods, and a wonderful sampling of papyri that document the daily lives of individuals who lived during this complex period in Egyptian history. When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra examines the interactions between Greek and Egyptian cultures during the nearly 300-year period when Egypt was under Greek rule. With some 150 objects, the exhibition reveals the many and ...

Amheida excavations find new evidence on Cambyses' army

News: Amheida excavations find new evidence on Cambyses' army

by Roger Bagnall Jul 01, 2014

Excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt, in 2014 found new evidence on the rebel king Petubastis III suggesting that the mysterious disappearance of Cambyses' Persian army in the desert may have been linked to his rebellion. The 2014 excavations of New York University at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt, uncovered evidence for a temple building, or part of a temple building, erected in the name of the king Petubastis III. This ...

Summer Fieldwork: Robert Hoyland on Inscriptions in the Negev

Summer Fieldwork: Robert Hoyland on Inscriptions in the Negev

by Robert Hoyland Jul 01, 2014

The land of ancient Palestine is littered with inscriptions of remarkably diverse content and written in a broad range of languages.  There have been initiatives in the past that concentrated on inscriptions of a certain genre or in a specific language, but the ongoing  ...

VRS Alum Rita Lucarelli Appointed Assistant Professor of Egyptology at University of California, Berkeley

News: VRS Alum Rita Lucarelli Appointed Assistant Professor of Egyptology at University of California, Berkeley

by Kathryn Lawson Jul 01, 2014

ISAW is pleased to announce that Rita Lucarelli, a visiting research scholar at ISAW in 2011-12, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Egyptology in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Lucarelli earned her PhD from ...

Request for Proposal: Website Upgrade

Request for Proposal: Website Upgrade

by Tom Elliott Jun 17, 2014

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University seeks proposals for upgrading the design and functionality of its primary website. This RFP envisions work to attain three complementary goals: ...

Kristen Soule Represents ISAW in Race

News: Kristen Soule Represents ISAW in Race

by Tom Elliott Jun 06, 2014

On June 5th, ISAW's Kristen Soule joined "Team NYU" in representing the Institute and the University in the second night of the 38th annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge®. Held in New York's Central Park, ...

News: ISAW Senior Fellow Paul Zanker Lecturing at Yale University Art Gallery - May 29, 2014

by Kathryn Lawson May 28, 2014

Paul Zanker, Emeritus Professor of the History of Ancient Art at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and ISAW Senior Fellow, will be giving the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture at the Yale University Art Gallery on Thursday, May ...

News: ISAW Announces 2014-15 Visiting Scholars

by Kathryn Lawson May 02, 2014

ISAW is pleased to announce the research scholar roster for 2014-15. In addition to working on the listed research project, each scholar will participate in ISAW seminars and present a public lecture. Please join us in welcoming them to our community this fall! ...

Nicholas Sims-Williams Elected to the American Philosophical Society

News: Nicholas Sims-Williams Elected to the American Philosophical Society

by dd102@nyu.edu Apr 29, 2014

Nicholas Sims-Williams, an ISAW Senior Fellow, was elected last week to membership in the American Philosophical Society (APS). Sims-Williams is Professorial Researcher of Iranian and Central Asian Studies at SOAS (University of London) and has made fundamental contributions ...

News: "Masters of Fire" Featured on NYC-ARTS

by dd102@nyu.edu Apr 21, 2014

Philippe de Montebello, Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at the Institute of Fine Arts and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art previewed objects from our Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel ...

Major Grant for Roman Imperial Coins

News: Major Grant for Roman Imperial Coins

by Tom Elliott Apr 07, 2014

The American Numismatic Society and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World are delighted to announce the receipt of a major grant of $300,000 from the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant, made as part of the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, will provide for the full implementation of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project. Co-directed by Dr. Andrew Meadows ...

Emily Hammer Hired as Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes

News: Emily Hammer Hired as Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes

by dd102@nyu.edu Mar 26, 2014

This August, Emily Hammer, ISAW Visiting Assistant Professor, will start her new role as the director of the lab at the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL)  at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The lab's ...

Trip Report: Tom Elliott on the "Named Entity Hackathon" at Tufts University

by Tom Elliott Mar 20, 2014

During the week of March 3, I participated in a workshop at Tufts University, hosted by the Perseids Project and organized by Bridget Almas. The workshop was billed as a "hackathon"; its goal was to bring together scholars and technologists for a week of hands-on digital humanities programming. Perseids is a project of the Perseus Digital Library aimed at developing ...

Accessioning of Åström Library Completed

News: Accessioning of Åström Library Completed

by David M. Ratzan and Dawn Gross Mar 13, 2014

The ISAW Library is pleased to announce that it has just completed accessioning the library of Professor Paul Åström (January 15, 1929 – October 4, 2008). Åström was a renowned Swedish archaeologist and classical scholar who produced pioneering work on the archaeology and prehistory of Cyprus. ...

News: Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) Begins Fifth Annual M.I. Rostovtzeff Series

by Kathryn Lawson Mar 12, 2014

The Fifth Annual M.I. Rostovtzeff Lecture Series got off to a great start on Monday night with a packed house!  Peter van Dommelen, from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, spoke of the importance ...

Masters of Fire Aired on Fox News

News: Masters of Fire Aired on Fox News

by dd102@nyu.edu Mar 07, 2014

This morning, Fox News featured ISAW Exhibitions Director Jennifer Chi discussing the history of the Crown with Building Facade Decoration and Vultures, included in ISAW's current exhibition Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel.  In the video, ...

Launch of the Newest Version of OCRE

News: Launch of the Newest Version of OCRE

by Gilles Bransbourg Mar 06, 2014

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and the American Numismatic Society are pleased to announce the release of a new version of OCRE (Online Coins of the Roman Empire). The OCRE project aims to provide a ...

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