"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.
Semitic Museum honors founder in compelling exhibition
By Sebastian Smee, Globe Staff
"Harvard University’s Semitic Museum, lately undergoing an exciting resurgence, was founded in 1889 by Professor David Gordon Lyon. A southern Baptist from Alabama, Lyon was a charismatic scholar of ancient Mesopotamian scripts, and one of Harvard’s more dynamic and vital figures in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."… Read more about Semitic Museum honors founder - Boston Globe 12/18/2014
Joseph A. Greene, Deputy Director and Curator of the Harvard Semitic Museum, has been nominated as an institutional trustee for ASOR, The American Schools of Oriental Research. Click here for details. Congratulations, Joe!
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. Complete… Read more about "Inside a Beating Silicon Heart" Forbes, 1/6/2014