Harvard and the Ancient Near East: The David Gordon Lyon Diaries
"While busy founding Harvard’s Semitic Museum, organizing several archeological expeditions to the Near East, establishing the Division of Semitic Languages and History, holding a sequence of prestigious professorships, and playing an outsized part in the life of the university, David Gordon Lyon (1852–1935) also found the time to write over 38 volumes of diaries." see complete article
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard professor Peter Der Manuelian is converting its impressive collection of photos, diaries, drawings and documents from Egypt’s Giza pyramids into 3-D models so he can take students inside the tombs for a realistic view of the Fourth Dynasty. Armed with that rich data and a 3-D printer, he’s even re-creating ancient Egyptian artifacts that had long since vanished. Read more about "Inside a Beating Silicon Heart" Forbes, 1/6/2014
Under the leadership of new director, Professor Peter Der Manuelian, and with the support of a new umbrella organization, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, the Harvard Semitic Museum is set to launch an array of both structural and exhibitional developments in the coming years. Read complete article.
"Among the many arresting objects in the collection of Harvard University’s Semitic Museum are three small bird mummies, which were collected from somewhere near Luxor, in Egypt, near the end of the 19th century. On Jan. 22 this year, all three were subjected to CT scans, or high resolution X-ray computed tomography, by Emma Sherratt, then a Harvard postdoctoral fellow." Read full article