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(Re-)Defining an Ancient Near Eastern Contact Zone
Newly discovered funerary contexts of late 3rd / early 2nd millennium BC date at Tayma, North-west Arabia, suggest close contacts to the Syro-Levantine world ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 03/07/2016 08:41 AM
Territorial Barriers in Central Asia
Territorial barriers are a widespread phenomenon in Western Central Asia where they specifically take the shape of large-scale oasis walls, surrounding the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/29/2016 03:08 PM
Material Worlds: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contacts and Exchange in the Ancient Near East
Based on most recently obtained late 3rd/early 2nd millennium BC evidence from excavations on the Arabian Peninsula, a number of distinguished scholars will ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/26/2016 02:51 PM
Brush Lecture (AIA): Maya Cultural Heritage
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/11/2016 04:20 PM
ARCE Lecture: Middle Kingdom Clappers, Dancers, Birth Magic, and the Reinvention of Ritual
This talk focuses upon a particularly enigmatic artifact category. Hand-shaped clappers fashioned out of hippo tusk are occasionally found in tombs of Middle ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/02/2016 02:34 PM
A View from Below
The Shang Dynasty, or the second dynasty of Chinese historiography, is largely known to us from elite sources—be they royal divinatory texts, the archaeology ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/26/2016 01:07 PM
AIA Lecture: Narrative Approaches to Counting Roman Amphitheaters
By the Second Century AD, well over 200 amphitheaters had been built within the territory of the Roman Empire. The most famous of these, the 50,000+ seat ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/25/2016 11:15 AM
CANCELED: ARCE Lecture: The Other Woman
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this lecture has been canceled. by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/20/2016 09:22 AM
Webinar: "The Origins of Monsters" Book Club
David Wengrow's book "The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (Princeton University Press, 2014), which is ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/27/2016 12:08 PM
Through the Looking Glass
Northern Zhou Buddhist art has long been exiled to a dark corner of the scholarly world. Its contribution to the development of early Buddhist art (4th to 7th ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/05/2016 02:36 PM
Shaping Religious Space in Roman and Late Antique Sepphoris
This lecture will focus on the cultic buildings known to date in Sepphoris -- a Roman temple, two churches, and a synagogue -- and will discuss their ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/05/2016 02:16 PM
Excavating One Man’s Lifeworlds in Early China
Tombs are often considered as places of death and portals to the afterlife, and admittedly, they can function as such. However, viewing tombs solely from this ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/05/2016 02:08 PM
Jonardon Ganeri
Professor of Philosophy, NYU Abu Dhabi; Global Network Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. Interests: consciousness, self, attention, ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 06/08/2017 02:48 PM
Call for Papers: Cult Practices in Ancient Literatures
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is seeking papers for an interdisciplinary workshop, entitled "Cult Practices in Ancient Literatures: ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 08/25/2016 03:23 PM
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Defense Architecture and Assertion of Social Order
Since the discovery of sally ports covered with corbelled vaults in Mycenae and Tiryns, the suggestion that Hittite building techniques were applied in ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/02/2015 02:32 PM
After the Hittite Empire
When historians and archaeologists try to define who the Phrygians were, they have to face the existence of a complex, often contradictory body of information ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 11/02/2015 10:51 AM
Empire, Personhood, and Child Sacrifice
Ancient North Africa has long been considered a landscape of stasis, where cultural trajectories can be traced from the Phoenician colonization of the 9th ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 10/29/2015 02:40 AM
Not in God’s Path
One of the paradigmatic chronological demarcations in Middle and Near Eastern studies has been the notorious notion of a “pre-Islamic” vs. an “Islamic” divide ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 10/27/2015 10:56 AM
Defining Elsewhere
Mesopotamia is populated with a host of supernatural figures, creatures often referred to as monsters or demons. In many cases, these figures represent the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 10/19/2015 07:43 PM
ISAW Now Accepting PhD Applications for Fall 2016 Admission
The online application for fall 2016 admission to ISAW's Doctoral Program in the Ancient World is now open. ISAW's recommended deadline for application ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 09/11/2016 06:59 PM
The First Pagan Historian
This lecture examines several episodes in the neglected 1500-year afterlife of the forged "De excidio Troiae historia" or "History of the Destruction of Troy" ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 09/29/2015 11:39 AM
A Sanctuary of the Hellenistic Period at Torbulok (Tadjikistan)
A sanctuary of the Hellenistic period was recently discovered at the village of Torbulok in southwest Tajikistan. Excavations at the site, started in 2013 by a ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 09/28/2015 11:01 AM
The First Investigations of the Antikythera Mechanism
During the first years following the discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, its nature, purpose, and date were the subject of intense interdisciplinary debate ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 09/25/2015 12:49 PM
The Emporia and the Re-birth of Towns in Anglo-Saxon England
The problem of the origins of early medieval towns has been of interest to scholars since the days of Henri Pirenne. While much of the early research was based ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 09/24/2015 03:56 PM
ISAW Now Accepting Applications for 2016-17 Visiting Research Scholar Program
The online application for ISAW's 2016-17 Visiting Research Scholar Program is now open. by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/27/2016 02:16 PM
Prospective Student Open House
ISAW's open house for prospective doctoral students will include coffee and lunch with ISAW students, faculty, and scholars; an information session about our ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 08/22/2016 12:03 PM
Ninth Annual Leon Levy Lecture: Scythian Elite Burial Mounds in the Eurasian Steppes
The social structure of Scythians and other groups in the Eurasian steppe is mainly reflected by their graves, burial mounds, which are called "kurgans." ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 10/27/2015 02:59 PM
Candida Moss
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Armin Selbitschka
Armin Selbitschka is Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in Ancient History at NYU Shanghai and NYU Global Network Assistant Professor in the Study of the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 06/08/2017 02:51 PM