Archaeology. Bankruptcies, inheritance feuds, financial crises: Four thousand years ago Assyrian merchants left behind 23,500 clay tablets that provide a fascinating insight into an astonishingly modern ancient life – and into the birth of Capitalism and Democracy.
Eleven faculty members have been awarded 2016 Walter Channing Cabot Fellowships for their outstanding publications, among them NELC's own Khaled El-Rouayheb, the James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and of Islamic Intellectual History.
His book is “Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth-Century: Scholarly Currents in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb” (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Between $10 and $50 million would be needed to renovate the museum building and gallery spaces, increase digitization efforts, and pursue international collaborations among other initiatives, according to Semitic Museum Director and Egyptology professor Peter Der Manuelian ’81. “My goal is to revitalize the place further,” Der Manuelian said. “So I want to make this an exciting destination on campus. Read more about Semitic Museum Fundraises to Increase Digitization, Harvard Crimson 3/7/2016
Tunneling deep below ground, archaeologists with a joint Harvard University/Museum of Fine Arts excavation team knew they were onto something big. It was 1925, and after weeks of clearing a burial shaft at Giza, Egypt, they had an unprecedented find: the undisturbed tomb of Queen Hetepheres, an Egyptian royal who lived some 4,500 years ago. Read complete story.
"Last semester, students in Gojko Barjamovic’s general education course “Ancient Near East 103: Ancient Lives” touched the ancient past. For class credit, undergrads spent hours helping recreate plaster casts of ancient reliefs that once hung in the Assyrian royal palaces at Nimrud and Nineveh, territory in Northern Iraq today controlled by ISIL." See complete article and video.
Gojko Barjamovic is quoted extensively: "The details of daily life are amazing, but another scholar, Gojko Barjamovic, of Harvard, realized that the archive also offered insight into something potentially more compelling... Read the full article
"Near the end of the 19th century, the director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, David Gordon Lyon, turned to a kind of virtual reality to help him augment the museum’s teaching and displays. But the cutting-edge equipment of the day didn’t involve digital technology or flashy 3-D software. It involved plaster." Read article.