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The latest news and announcements from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
Now Available: Professor Daniel Potts' Nomadism in Iran

Now Available: Professor Daniel Potts' Nomadism in Iran

by dd102@nyu.edu 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 ...

ISAW Professor Lorenzo d'Alfonso Achieves Italian National Habilitation

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

by dd102@nyu.edu 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 ...

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". ...

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 ...

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

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

by lm161@nyu.edu 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 dd102@nyu.edu 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 ...

Live Science Article Highlights ISAW Excavation

News: Live Science Article Highlights ISAW Excavation

by dd102@nyu.edu 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, ...

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 lm161@nyu.edu 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 dd102@nyu.edu 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 ...

News: Humanities Initiative Video Features Panel on Measuing and Mapping Space

by dd102@nyu.edu Dec 20, 2013

On December 11, 2013, NYU's Humanities Project highlighted ISAW's current exhibition Measuring and Mapping Space, hosting a panel discussion exploring how ancient societies understood and visualized the world. Panelists included curatorial staff and faculty from ISAW as well as ...

In Its Final Weeks: Measuring and Mapping Space

In Its Final Weeks: Measuring and Mapping Space

by dd102@nyu.edu Dec 17, 2013

There are only a few more weeks to see the critically acclaimed exhibition Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity and learn how the Greeks and Romans perceived both the known and unknown worlds. Combining ancient artifacts ...

News: The Achelis Foundation Supports ISAW Public Programs

by dd102@nyu.edu Dec 05, 2013

The Achelis Foundation has awarded the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World a generous grant to support our broad range of public programming. This grant enables ISAW to bring in scholars from around the world as well as ...

Seventh Leon Levy Lecture Held on November 7

News: Seventh Leon Levy Lecture Held on November 7

by Kathryn Lawson Dec 04, 2013

The Seventh Annual Leon Levy Lecture was presented on Thursday, November 7 to a packed room of students, scholars, and the interested ...

News: Proceedings of Comparative Demonology Conference at ISAW Published

by Kathryn Lawson Nov 13, 2013

The proceedings of the ISAW conference Evil Spirits, Monsters and Benevolent Protectors: Demonology in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, organized by visiting research scholar Rita Lucarelli in 2012, have now been published in Volume 14 (Issue 1, Sept. 2013) of Archiv ...

News: ISAW Now Accepting Visiting Research Scholar Applications for 2014-15

by Kathryn Lawson Sep 05, 2013

Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 9 appointments of visiting research scholars. ISAW's scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World ...

Job: Senior Digital Humanities Web Developer/Architect

by Tom Elliott Aug 27, 2013

ISAW is seeking a full-time Senior Digital Humanities Web Developer/Architect. The job description and application instructions may be reached via the available staff positions page. ...