This article first appeared in ISAW Newsletter 14, Winter 2016.

A Selection of 2015-16 academic year publications by members of the ISAW community

 Joint Publications (by Multiple ISAW Community Members)

  • R. S. Bagnall, N. Aravecchia, R. Cribiore, P. Davoli, O. E. Kaper, and S. McFadden, An Oasis City. New York: ISAW/NYU Press, 2015.
  • N. Highcock, P.J. Crabtree, D.V. Campana, M. Capardoni, A. Lanaro, A. Matessi, N.F. Miller, P. Strosdahl, A. Trameri, and L. d’Alfonso, “Kınık Höyük, Niğde. A New Archaeological Project in Southern Cappadocia.” In The Archaeology of Anatolia: Recent Discoveries (2011-2014), eds. Sh.R. Steadman and G. McMahon, 98-127. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
  • S. Iskander and O. Goelet, The Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos, Vol. 1: Wall Scenes. Atlanta: Lockwood Press, 2015.
  • A. Jones, C. Proust, and J. Steele, eds., A Mathematician’s Journeys: Otto Neugebauer and Modern Transformations of Ancient Science. Springer, 2016.
  • R. Mairs and M. Muratov, Archaeologists, Tourists, Interpreters: Exploring Egypt and the Near East in the Late 19th-Early 20th Centuries. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • B. Pongratz-Leisten and K. Sonik, eds., The Materiality of Divine Agency. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.
  • B. Pongratz-Leisten and K. Sonik. “Between Cognition and Culture: Theorizing the Materiality of Divine Agency in Cross-Cultural Perspective.” In The Materiality of Divine Agency, eds. B. Pongratz-Leisten and K. Sonik, 3-69. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.
  • Wu Xin, N.F. Miller, and P.J. Crabtree, “Agro-pastoral Strategies and Food Production on the Achaemenid Frontier in Southern Central Asia: A Case Study of Kyzyltepa (Uzbekistan).” Iran 53 (2015).


Lorenzo d’Alfonso

  • with M. Gorrini, and C. Mora. “Archaeological excavations at Kınık Höyük, Niğde. Preliminary report of the fourth campaign (2014).” Athenaeum 103/2 (2015): 619-640.
  • “Hittite Archaeology, culture, and arts.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, eds. C. Helmer, S.L. McKenzie, T.C. Römer, J. Schröter, B.D. Walfish, and E. Ziolkowski. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter.

Sebastian Heath

  • “Using Low-cost Hardware for 3D Scanning at Kenchreai, Greece.” Amphora 12 (2015): 14-17.
  • with J.L. Rife, J.J. Bravo III, and G. Blasdel. “Preliminary Report on Early Byzantine Pottery from a Building Complex at Kenchreai (Greece).” ISAW Papers 10 (2015).

Beate Pongratz-Leisten

  • Religion and Ideology in Assyria. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.
  • “Imperial Allegories: Divine Agency and Monstrous Bodies in Mesopotamia’s Body Description Texts.” In The Materiality of Divine Agency, eds. B. Pongratz-Leisten and K. Sonik, 119-141. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.

Daniel Potts

  • The Archaeology of Elam: Formation and Transformation of an Ancient Iranian State. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

 Rostovtzeff Series

Adam T. Smith

  • The Political Machine: Assembling Sovereignty in the Bronze Age Caucasus. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Exhibition Catalogue

Jennifer Y. Chi

  • ed., The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World; Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015.


Marc LeBlanc

  • “The Zoomorphic Transformation of the King in Early Egyptian Royal Military Victory Rituals and Its Relationship to the Sed Festival.” In Apprivoiser le sauvage – Taming the Wild, eds. M. Massiera, B. Mathieu, and F. Rouffet, 229-243. Montpellier: Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, 2015.

David Ratzan

  • Ed., with D. Kehoe and U. Yiftach. Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Visiting Research Scholars

Pam Crabtree

  • “A note on the role of dogs in Anglo-Saxon society: evidence from East Anglia.” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 25:6 (2015): 976-980.

Annette Juliano

  • “The Authenticity of the Sixth Century Stone Sarcophagus in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Central Asian and Sogdian Beds and Sarcophagi.” In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Silk Road: Sogdians in China: New Evidence in Archaeological Finds and Unearthed Texts . Yinchuan, Ningxia, 2015.
  • “Buddhist Sculpture: Innovation, Invention, and Imagination,” In Art in the Time of Chaos: Innovative Trends in Six Dynasties China. Hong Kong: China Institute, 2016.

Franziska Naether

  • “Griechisch-Ägyptische Magie nach den Papyri Graecae et Demoticae Magicae.” In Ägyptische Magie und ihre Umwelt, ed. A. Jördens, 191-217. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015.

Research Associates

Gilles Bransbourg

  • Ed. with P. G. van Alfen and M. Amandry. FIDES: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke. New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2015.

Claudia Chang

  • with M.G. Macklin, I.P. Panyushkina, W.H. Toonen, P.A. Tourtellotte, G.A. Duller, H. Wong, and M.A. Prins. “The influence of Late Pleistocene geomorphological inheritance and Holocene hydromorphic regimes on floodwater farming in the Talgar catchment, southeast Kazakhstan, Central Asia.” Journal of Quaternary Science Reviews 129 (2015): 85-95.
  • with M. Heinsch, P.B. Vandiver, K.L. Lyublyanovics, A.M. Choyke, and P. Tourtellotte. “Ceramics at the Emergence of the Silk Road: A Case for Southeastern Kazakhstan.” MRS Proceedings 1656 (2015).
  • with R. Beardmore. “The Tale of a Mud Brick: Lessons from Tuzusai and De-Assembling an Iron Age Site on the Talgar Alluvial Fan in Southeastern Kazakhstan.” In Incomplete Archaeologies: Knowledge in the Past and Present, eds. E.M. Bonney, K.J. Framklin, and J.A. Johnson. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2015.

Ogden Goelet

  • “The Elements of Format in Middle Kingdom Papyri.” In Joyful in Thebes. Egyptological Studies in Honor of Betsy M. Bryan, eds. R. Jasnow and K.M. Cooney, 197-210. Atlanta: Lockwood Press, 2015.

Judith Lerner

  • “Arthur Upham Pope and Sasanian Art.” In Arthur Upham Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art, ed. Y. Kadoi, 166-229. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • “A Case of Synchronicity: Photography and Qajar Iran’s Discovery of Its Ancient Past.” In The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past, ed. J.Y. Chi, 158-177. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World; Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Karen Rubinson

  • “Revisiting South Caucasus- Iranian Azerbaijan Connections.” In International Symposium on East Anatolia-South Caucasus Cultures: Proceedings, eds. M. Işıklı and B. Can. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
  • with Katheryn M Linduff. “Obituary: Elena Efimovna Kuz’mina (Kuzmina) (1930-2013).” Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology 6 (2015): 211-214.

Rita Watson

  • “Archaic lists, writing, and mind.” Pragmatics and Cognition 21:3 (2015): 484-504.

VRS Alumni

Jan Bemmann (2014-15)

  • Ed., with M. Schmauder. Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the First Millennium CE. Bonn: Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, 2015.
  • with U. Brosseder, J.-O. Gantulga, G. Grupe, G. McGlynn, S. Reichert, and C. Yeruul-Erdene. “Bioarchaeological Research on the Bronze and Iron Age Cemetery of Maikhan Tolgoi, Upper Orkhon Valley, Central Mongolia.” In Актуальные вопросы археологии и этнологии Центральной Азии. Материалы международной научной конференции Улан-Удэ, 7-8 апреля 2015 г. , ed. Б. В. Базаров, 188-199. Иркутск: Оттиск, 2015.

Jan Bremmer (2012-13)

  • Ed., with D. Boschung. The Materiality of Magic. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2015.
  • “From Books with Magic to Magical Books in Ancient Greece and Rome.” In The Materiality of Magic, eds. D. Boschung and J.N. Bremmer, 241-269. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2015.
  • “Greek Religion and the Ancient Near East.” In Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, eds. E. Eidinow and J. Kindt, 605-619. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Ari Bryen (2008-09)

  • “Reading the Citizenship Papyrus (P.Giss. 40).” In Citizenship and Empire in Europe, 200-1900: The Antonine Constitution after 1800 Years, ed. C. Ando, 29-43. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016.

Muriel Debié (2009-10)

  • L’écriture de l’histoire en syriaque: Transmissions interculturelles et constructions identitaires entre hellénisme et islam. Avec des répertoires des textes historiographiques en annexe. Leuven: Peeters, 2015.
  • Ed., with F. Briquel Chatonnet. Manuscripta syriaca. Des sources de première main. Paris: Geuthner, 2015.

Jacco Dieleman (2010-11)

  • Ed., with B. Backes. Liturgical Texts for Osiris and the Deceased in Late Period and Greco-Roman Egypt: Proceedings of the Colloquiums at New York (ISAW), 6 May 2011, and Freudenstadt, 18-21 July 2012. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015.

Fiona Kidd (2011-12)

  • with E. Baker Brite. “Colour in context: status indicators and elite dress in pre-Islamic Central Asia.” Arts Asiatiques 70 (2015): 33-48.

Sarah Laursen (2011-12)

  • with D. Strahan. “Art and Technology in a Chinese Gold Cicada Plaque.” Archives of Asian Art 64.1 (2014): 43-57.

 Rachel Mairs (2007-08)

  • The Hellenistic Far East: Archaeology, Language and Identity in Greek Central Asia. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.
  • From Khartoum to Jerusalem: The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients, 1885-1933. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016.

Annalisa Marzano (2010-11)

  • “Villas as Instigators and Indicators of Economic Growth.” In Structure and Performance in the Roman Economy: Models, Methods and Case Studies, eds. P. Erdkamp and K. Verboven, 197-221. Brussels: Latomus, 2015.
  • “The Variety of Villa Production: From agriculture to aquaculture.” In Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World, eds. P. Erdkamp, K. Verboven, and A. Zuiderhoek, 187-206. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “Reshaping the Past, Shaping the Present: Andrea De Jorio and Naples’ Classical Heritage.” In Remembering Parthenope: The Reception of Classical Naples from Antiquity to the Present, eds. C. Buongiovanni and J. Hughes, 266-283. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Mathieu Ossendrijver (2010-11)

  • “The Story of the Magi in the Light of Alexander the Great’s Encounters with Chaldeans.” In The Star of Bethlehem and the Magi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Experts on the Ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman World, and Modern Astronomy, eds. P. Bartel and G. van Kooten, 217-230. Boston: Brill, 2015.
  • “Compendia and Procedure Texts in the Mesopotamian Astral Sciences.” In In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia, ed. J. Cale Johnson, 47-57. Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.
  • “The Powers of 9 and Related Mathematical Tables from Babylon.” Journal of Cuneiform Studies 66 (2014): 149-169.

 Michael Penn (2011-12)

  • Envisioning Islam: Syriac Christians in the Early Muslim World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
  • When Christians First Met Muslims: A Source Book of the Earliest Syriac Writings on Islam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015.

Christine Proust (2009-10)

  • “A tree-structured list in a mathematical series text from Mesopotamia.” In Texts, Textual Acts and the History of Science, eds. K. Chemla and J. Virbel, 281-316. Cham: Springer, 2015.
  • “Mathematical Lists: From Archiving to Innovation.” In Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 57th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Rome, 4-8 July 2011, eds. A. Archi and A. Bremanti. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
  • “Des listes pour apprendre, résoudre, classer, archiver, explorer ou inventer.” In The Frontiers of Ancient Science: Essays in Honor of Heinrich von Staden, eds. K.-D. Fischer and B. Holmes, 493-514. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.

J. Nicholas Reid (2014-15)

  • “Runaways and Fugitive Catchers during the Third Dynasty of Ur.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 58 (2015): 576-605.

Francesca Rochberg (2013-14)

  • “Conceiving the History of Science Forward.” In The Frontiers of Ancient Science: Essays in Honor of Heinrich von Staden, eds. K.-D. Fischer, and B. Holmes, 515-531. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.
  • “The Babylonians and the Rational: Contexts of Rational Reasoning in Cuneiform Scribal Scholarship.” In In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia, ed. J. Cale Johnson, 209-248. Boston: De Gruyter, 2015.

Caroline Sauvage (2009-10)

  • with D. Pardee. “L’itinéraire maritime d’une reine d’Ougarit. Note sur le texte RS 94.2406 – in memoriam Pierre Bordreuil.” Syria 92 (2015).
  • “A Maritime Celebration to Aphrodite-Astarte: A Note on the Dor Scapula.” Israel Exploration Journal 65 (2015): 69-89.
  • “Nouvelle réflexion sur le dépôt aux 80 jarres de Minet el-Beida.” In De l’île d’Aphrodite au Paradis perdu: itinéraire d’un gentilhomme lyonnais: en hommage à Yves Calvet, eds. M. Al-Maqdissi, B. Geyer, and V. Matoïan, 63-76. Leuven: Peeters, 2015.

Juan Manuel Tebes (2015)

  • “Investigating the Painted Pottery Traditions of the First Millennium BC Northwestern Arabia and Southern Levant: Contexts of Discovery and Painted Decorative Motives.” ARAM 28 (2015).

Víctor Alonso Troncoso (2013)

  • “The Zoology of Kingship: From Alexander the Great to the Epigoni (336 - c. 250 BC).” Anabasis: Studia Classica et Orientalia 5 (2014): 53-75.

Li Zhang (2012-13)

  • “Landscape of China’s Participation in the Bronze Age Eurasian Network.” Journal of World Prehistory 28:3 (2015): 179-213.

Liangren Zhang (2013-14)

  • H. Wang. “Painted pottery from the Xichengyi Site in Zhangye City (张掖市西城驿遗址的彩陶).” The Archaeology of Northern Ethnicity (北方民族考古) 2 (2015): 91-101.
  • with E. Lü and Y. Zhang. “Early Iron Age archaeology of the Turfan Basin (吐鲁番地区早期铁器时代考古).” Study of Early China (早期中国研究) 2 (2015/16).

 Alice Yao (2008-09)

  • The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China: From the Bronze Age to the Han Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Mantha Zarmakoupi (2009-10)

  • “Les maisons des négociants italiens à Délos: structuration de l’espace domestique dans une société en mouvement.” Cahiers Mondes anciens 7 (2015).
  • “Balancing Acts Between Ancient and Modern Cities: The Ancient Greek Cities Project of C. A. Doxiadis.” Architectural Histories 3:1 (2015).
  • “The spatial environment of inscriptions and graffiti in domestic spaces: the case of Delos.” In Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World, eds. R. Benefiel and P. Keegan, 50-79. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016.