Recent Faculty Activity

Semitic Museum: "Wine in the Ancient Near East"

In 2013, a team of archaeologists working in northern Israel unearthed the storage magazines of a Canaanite palace from 1700 BCE containing remnants of what is considered to be the oldest—and largest—ancient wine cellar in the Near East. Chemical analysis of the jars found at the site suggests the Canaanites drank a strong, sweet wine flavored with an exotic mix of honey, spices, and berries.

Peter Manuelian's Anthropology 2022 students...

Peter Manuelian's Anthropology 2022 students present their work from the fall 2013 semester, in an exhibition title "Picturing the Past: Digital Drawing in Archaeology", in the Knafel building through December.

Clear, scientifically accurate, and aesthetically pleasing illustrations are an indispensable part of the archaeologist’s toolkit. This course explored the history, development, and current methodology behind archaeological illustration, applied to two sample cultures, Egyptian (Old World) and Maya (New World). 

Ali Asani led an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, led an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute this August. During this two-day seminar, entitled "Fostering Religious Literacy through the Arts: The case of Islam," Prof. Asani was joined by over a dozen scholars and students from various fields to discuss the value of employing visual arts and sonic cultures as pedagogical tools.

Peter Manuelian to edit new book series on Egyptology

Brill Signs New Harvard Egyptological Studies Book Series

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) - 10 June 2014

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has signed an
agreement to publish a book series in cooperation with the
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and
the Department of Anthropology, both of which are in the Faculty
of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. The book series is
entitled "Harvard Egyptological Studies."

The series will present scholarly publications in the field of

Publication of a Festschrift in honor of Peter Machinist...

Publication of a Festschrift in Peter Machinist's honor, Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature. Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist, edited by two former students from NELC, David S. Vanderhooft (Boston College, NELC Ph.D., 1996) and Abraham Winitzer (University of Notre Dame, NELC Ph.D., 2006) (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013), xxii + 562 pages).

Richard Saley is currently involved in a computer-driven...

Richard Saley is currently involved in a computer-driven research project on the Septuagint text of 2 Samuel (including 1 Kings 1:1–2:11).  The initial phase of the project focused on creating the computer database by digitizing and morphologically tagging all of the readings of all of the 35 manuscripts cited in the Brooke–McLean edition (Larger Cambridge Septuagint) of 2 Sam 1:1–1 Kgs 2:11, some 39,000 words!  The second phase, recently completed, was concerned with digitally reconstructing …

Chad Kia's paper "The Paradox of Reform ...

Chad Kia's paper "The Paradox of Reform in Ahmad Kasravi" on the scholarly reception of the controversial 20th century Iranian intellectual, which was first presented at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Faculty Seminar in Nov. 2013 has been accepted for publication at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, under the title, "The Scum of Tabriz: Ahmad Kasravi and the Impulse to Reform Islam."