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The old, made new: Refurbished Semitic Museum celebrates... Harvard Gazette, 12/18/2014

January 6, 2015

The old, made new: Refurbished Semitic Museum celebrates the past while reorienting for the future

The Harvard Semitic Museum opened at its Divinity Avenue location in 1903 on land bought for a dollar from a benefactor.

The sturdy, granite-trimmed, brick building was at the edge of a Cambridge demi-wilderness called Norton Woods. It was next to a residence that has since been moved to Ware Street. Further down was a boardinghouse for immigrant Irishwomen, who cleaned and made beds in Harvard dormitories.… Read more about The old, made new: Refurbished Semitic Museum celebrates... Harvard Gazette, 12/18/2014

Semitic Museum honors founder - Boston Globe 12/18/2014

December 19, 2014

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

Harvard and the Ancient Near East: Digital Pioneers @ Harvard

August 14, 2014

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

Sampling the scholar’s life - Harvard Gazette, 8/11/2014

August 11, 2014

"When he was in high school, Ozdemir Vayisoglu ’16 dug into the past, uncovering buried secrets at an archaeological site in his native Turkey. This summer, he was digging again. But instead of carefully sifting through dirt thousands of miles away, he was poring over archives at Harvard’s Semitic Museum.
Working with its director, Peter Der Manuelian, Vayisoglu helped research and develop an exhibit that examines the museum’s founding in 1903 by… Read more about Sampling the scholar’s life - Harvard Gazette, 8/11/2014

"Inside a Beating Silicon Heart" Forbes, 1/6/2014

January 6, 2014

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