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

ISAW Professor Lorenzo d'Alfonso Achieves Italian National Habilitation

News: ISAW Professor Lorenzo d'Alfonso Achieves Italian National Habilitation

by Dani Doyle Feb 26, 2014

Last week, Lorenzo d'Alfonso, Assistant Professor of Ancient Western Asian Archaeology and History at ISAW, received the official Italian national habilitation for the associate professorship. The title, which is valid throughout the European Union, was unanimously approved by a ...

Now Available: Professor Daniel Potts' Nomadism in Iran

Now Available: Professor Daniel Potts' Nomadism in Iran

by Dani Doyle Mar 04, 2014

The classic images of Iranian nomads in circulation today and in years past suggest that Western awareness of nomadism is a phenomenon of considerable antiquity. Though nomadism has certainly been a key feature of Iranian history, it has not been ...

Sabbatical Notes: Professor Sören Stark on News from the Dīvār-i Kanpirak – the ‘Long Wall’ around Bukhārā

Sabbatical Notes: Professor Sören Stark on News from the Dīvār-i Kanpirak – the ‘Long Wall’ around Bukhārā

by Sören Stark Feb 20, 2014

During the 2013 field season of ISAW’s project studying the ‘long wall’ of Bukhārā, conducted in co-operation with the Institute of Archaeology at the Uzbek Academy of Sciences and co-directed by Prof. Sören Stark and Dr. Djamal Mirzaakhmedov, investigations were ...

News: New York Times article features astonishing treasures of the Israel Antiquities Authority on view at ISAW

by Jennifer Chi Feb 23, 2014

Read Edward Rothstein's New York Times review of ISAW's current exhibition "Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel". ...

Live Science Article Highlights ISAW Excavation

News: Live Science Article Highlights ISAW Excavation

by Dani Doyle Feb 11, 2014

The school discovered at Amheida, ISAW's excavation in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis, is featured in an article just published on Live Science. The article quotes extensively ISAW affiliated faculty member Raffaella Cribiore, professor of classics at NYU, ...

Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel in the News

Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel in the News

by Lisa Macabasco Feb 18, 2014

Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel opened to the public last week with warm reception from the press in the midst of a snow storm. ...

ISAW's Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Now Available

News: ISAW's Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Now Available

by Dani Doyle Feb 11, 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of the ISAW Newsletter is now available.  Issue 10 includes a list of publications by ISAW faculty and past and present Visiting Research Scholars, a look into the exhibition Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel ...

Sabbatical Notes: Professor Robert Hoyland on Initial Prospection in Ancient Axum, Ethiopia

Sabbatical Notes: Professor Robert Hoyland on Initial Prospection in Ancient Axum, Ethiopia

by Robert Hoyland Feb 07, 2014

While on sabbatical during the fall of 2013, I started preparatory work in two countries: the city of Barda in Azerbaijan, which was a capital of the Caucasian Albanian kingdom in the Roman period (then called Partaw) and the base ...

Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel Opens February 13

Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel Opens February 13

by Lisa Macabasco Jan 31, 2014

In 1961 Israeli archaeologists discovered over 400 copper objects at Naḥal Mishmar in what was to become known as the Cave of the Treasure. These copper objects were so spectacular that they define an era in Southern Levantine history now ...

News: Seeking a Curatorial Post-Doctoral Associate

by Tom Elliott Jan 30, 2014

ISAW is pleased to announce a two-year Curatorial Post-Doctoral Associate position in its Exhibitions Department. The associate will report to the Exhibitions Director and work closely with other members of the exhibitions team. Training will be provided in curatorial aspects of an exhibition project. A complete description of the position, and application instructions, may be found on ...

David Ratzan Becomes ISAW's Head Librarian

News: David Ratzan Becomes ISAW's Head Librarian

by Dani Doyle Jan 28, 2014

David Ratzan joins ISAW this month as Head of the Library. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University. Before that he served as Curator of Papyri in Columbia University’s Rare ...

New Geographic Data for the Ancient Near East

News: New Geographic Data for the Ancient Near East

by Tom Elliott Jan 17, 2014

Last week, ISAW and its partners significantly expanded coverage of the ancient Near East in the online Pleiades gazetteer. Using data prepared by the Alexandria Archive Institute (with financial sponsorship from the National Endowment for the Humanities ...

News: NY Times Article Features NYU Honorary Degree Recipient Omara Khan Masoudi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan

by Kathryn Lawson Jan 15, 2014

Real progress has been made on the mammoth task of restoring the collections of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul that were ransacked by the Taliban in 2001. This recent New York Times article discusses the efforts that have ...

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