Research Archives of the Oriental Institute

Research Archives of the Oriental Institute The Research Archives is the academic reference library for the faculty, staff, students, and members of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

04/17/2020
ACHAEMINIDS OR PERSIANS

Gil Stein's lecture on Achaemenids or Persians? is available online at the link below.

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
03/30/2020

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Even Thoth is concerned about #SocialDistancing

E10486G Book of the Dead Papyrus of Irtyuru 2nd century BC

#StayHomeSafe

As many of us transition to remote work/online teaching, I would like to offer assistance to #DigitalANE faculty/staff/s...
03/17/2020

As many of us transition to remote work/online teaching, I would like to offer assistance to #DigitalANE faculty/staff/students who are having trouble finding digital resources. If we band together to help each other we can collectively fill most research needs! Use #DigitalANE. We will do everything we can to bring the Research Archives to you.

University of Chicago Coronavirus Updates
03/13/2020
University of Chicago Coronavirus Updates

University of Chicago Coronavirus Updates

This page is designed to keep members of the University of Chicago community informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
03/12/2020

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the University of Chicago has recently issued policy canceling all events with an attendance of one hundred or more participants, in effect until April 15. As such, the following advertised OI lectures have been canceled:

Wednesday, 4/1/20: OI Members’ Lecture, David Schloen. 7:00 PM Breasted Hall.

Wednesday, 4/8/2020: Ishme-Dagan, a lecture by Nele Ziegler. 7:00 PM Breasted Hall.

Wednesday, 4/15/2020: New Discoveries in Southern Iraq, a lecture by Dominique Charpin. 7:00 PM Breasted Hall.

We will work to reschedule these events in the future.

Conference on Sealing Theories and Practices in the Ancient Near East | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chic...
03/02/2020
Conference on Sealing Theories and Practices in the Ancient Near East | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Conference on Sealing Theories and Practices in the Ancient Near East | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

The OI will host its sixteenth annual postdoctoral conference, organized this year by Postdoctoral Fellow Delphine Poinsot on "Sealing Theories and Practices in the Ancient Near East," on March 5–6, 2020. See conference webpage for full schedule and details.

Some important points about the roles of libraries. It's important that we don't lose sight of what has worked well as w...
12/19/2019
College Students Just Want Normal Libraries

Some important points about the roles of libraries. It's important that we don't lose sight of what has worked well as we race to adopt the "new."

"Yet much of the glitz may be just that—glitz. Survey data and experts suggest that students generally appreciate libraries most for their simple, traditional offerings: a quiet place to study or collaborate on a group project, the ability to print research papers, and access to books. Notably, many students say they like relying on librarians to help them track down hard-to-find texts or navigate scholarly journal databases. 'Google can bring you back 100,000 answers,' as the writer Neil Gaiman once said. 'A librarian can bring you back the right one.'"

Schools have been on a mission to reinvent campus libraries—even though students just want the basics.

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
11/25/2019

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

In 2019, discoveries made by the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project, directed by Michele Massa, and the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project, directed by James Osborne, brought to light exciting new evidence for a hitherto unknown Iron Age kingdom in south-central Anatolia. The site of Türkmen-Karahöyük, newly recognized to be one of the largest Bronze and Iron Age sites in Turkey, is almost certainly the royal seat of King Hartapu.

To learn more about this amazing discovery, watch James Osborne and Michele Massa's recently released lecture, "A New Iron Age Kingdom in Anatolia" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p6ROIGt6_Q

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the online publication of Chicago House Bulletin volume XX...
11/25/2019
Chicago House Bulletin XXIX Now Available | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the online publication of Chicago House Bulletin volume XXIX.

This special centennial double issue of Chicago House Bulletin features articles on the last two Chicago House field seasons (October 15, 2017–April 15, 2018 and October 15, 2018–April 15, 2019).

Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2019

Download:https://oi.uchicago.edu/sites/oi.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/shared/docs/chb_09-2019.pdf

https://oi.uchicago.edu/article/chicago-house-bulletin-xxix-now-available

Mary Buck, University of Chicago PhD 2018, has a new book out: The Amorite Dynasty of Ugarit: Historical Implications of...
11/08/2019

Mary Buck, University of Chicago PhD 2018, has a new book out: The Amorite Dynasty of Ugarit: Historical Implications of Linguistic and Archaeological Parallels, published by Brill in Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Leṱant 8 (2019). Brand new in the Research Archives!

The American Oriental Society
11/02/2019

The American Oriental Society

#ANE #postdoc

Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow at Rank of Instructor

Location: Chicago, IL.
Position Type Faculty - Instructor/Collegiate Assistant Prof.
Position URL apply.interfolio.com/70776

Position Description:
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites
applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2020—2022 academic years. This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research). We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute. The conference will take place in early March 2021. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and may have the opportunity to teach one quarter-length course on a topic of his or her choosing. The
incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community.

Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed at: https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/postdoctoral-fellow-program

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be complete at the time of appointment.

Application Instructions: Applicants should send:
1. Cover letter
2. 5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference (including the names and paper topics of six to eight key participants who have agreed to make presentations, should the conference be funded; for budgetary reasons, international participants should constitute no more than half of the list of six to eight invited speakers)
3. Curriculum vitae
4. 3 letters of reference

Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 13th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is September 1st, 2020. Inquiries can be directed to [email protected] with the subject heading Post- Doctoral Fellow.

In the past few weeks, we've had a new window installed in the office of the Research Archives library. We hope that pat...
10/21/2019

In the past few weeks, we've had a new window installed in the office of the Research Archives library. We hope that patrons will find it more welcoming when they arrive and more convenient for us to help you with your research needs. Please let us know if you need anything!

On September 14, 2019, the OI will launch its Centennial year with a formal gala held on the University of Chicago campu...
08/22/2019

On September 14, 2019, the OI will launch its Centennial year with a formal gala held on the University of Chicago campus. This event will host the OI’s most important and prominent donors, senior executives and Board members of the University of Chicago, world renowned archaeologists and researchers of the ancient Middle East, local and national political leaders, and other longtime and new supporters.

For more info: https://tinyurl.com/yyh7ezhr

Check out the latest lecture on the Oriental Institute Podcast available through SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts! Karen Ra...
07/13/2019
Assyrian Imperial Power by Karen Radner

Check out the latest lecture on the Oriental Institute Podcast available through SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts! Karen Radner on "Assyrian Imperial Power"

Assyrian Imperial Power and How to Oppose It by Karen Radner Alexander von Humboldt-Professor for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East, LMU Munich Honorary Professor of Ancient Near Eastern His

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
06/30/2019

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

This stela fragment (E10507, on display) shows two scribes before Dynasty 19 Pharaoh Seti I with his son, the future Ramses II, standing behind him. Ramses II is not only depicted as smaller than his father, but also with the side lock which identifies him as a youth.

Learn more about New Kingdom Egypt in the forthcoming OI Class "The Game of Power and Prestige: New Kingdom Egypt in the Ancient Near East International Arena" which starts July 9! https://bit.ly/2MzzC1m

New OI Publication Excavations in the Plain of Antioch III Now Available | The Oriental Institute of the University of C...
05/07/2019
New OI Publication Excavations in the Plain of Antioch III Now Available | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

New OI Publication Excavations in the Plain of Antioch III Now Available | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

The Oriental Institute Publications office announces the in print and online publication of Excavations in the Plain of Antioch III: Stratigraphy, Pottery, and Small Finds from Chatal Höyük in the Amuq Plain by Marina Pucci in the series Oriental Institute Publications 143.

Apply now for 7 new graduate student fellowships at UChicago Library | The University of Chicago Library News
01/14/2019
Apply now for 7 new graduate student fellowships at UChicago Library | The University of Chicago Library News

Apply now for 7 new graduate student fellowships at UChicago Library | The University of Chicago Library News

The University of Chicago Library is offering seven fellowships as part of a new program for UChicago graduate students. The fellowships are designed to give graduate students opportunities to explore alternative scholarly careers and to build skills and knowledge in new areas of scholarship.

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
11/26/2018
Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

The OI has upgraded to the world of podcasts! Lectures, interviews, and more are now available for listening and download on the Oriental Institute Podcast through iTunes and SoundCloud. As part of this launch, former OI director Gil Stein's oral history is now available for the first time. The interview was conducted on April 17, 2018, and discusses Professor Stein's career as an archaeologist and his term as director of the OI.

Lecture by Stephen Batiuk on "The History and Archaeology of the Earliest Wines" | The Oriental Institute of the Univers...
09/13/2018
Lecture by Stephen Batiuk on "The History and Archaeology of the Earliest Wines" | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Lecture by Stephen Batiuk on "The History and Archaeology of the Earliest Wines" | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Stephen Batiuk will give a lecture about "Exploring the Roots of the Vine: The History and Archaeology of the Earliest Wines" on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute.

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
08/27/2018

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Happy Birthday James Henry Breasted!!!
If he was alive today, James Henry Breasted would be 153!
Breasted was born in 1865 in Rockford Illinois. He has the distinction of being the first American to receive a PhD in Egyptology and of course, founded the Oriental Institute in 1919.

In this photo, James Henry Breasted is photographed by Lord Carnarvon during work on the tomb of King Tutankhamun. This photograph was during a luncheon that took place in the Tomb of Ramses XI, with Howard Carter (second figure on right). #jameshenrybreasted

Lecture by Margaret Geoga on "The Legacy of Jean Terrasson's Séthos" for ARCE Chicago | The Oriental Institute of the Un...
08/21/2018
Lecture by Margaret Geoga on "The Legacy of Jean Terrasson's Séthos" for ARCE Chicago | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Lecture by Margaret Geoga on "The Legacy of Jean Terrasson's Séthos" for ARCE Chicago | The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Margaret Geoga will give a lecture about "Ancient, Moderns, and Freemason: The Legacy of Jean Terrasson's Séthos" for the American Research Center in Egypt Chicago Chapter on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

Just in at the Research Archives ...
07/25/2018

Just in at the Research Archives ...

“Amyrtaeus, only pharaoh of the Twenty-eighth Dynasty, shook off the shackles of Persian rule in 404 BCE; a little over seventy years later, Ptolemy son of Lagus started the ‘Greek millennium’ (J.G. Manning’s phrase) in Egypt―living long enough to leave a powerful kingdom to his youngest son, Ptolemy II, in 282. In this book, expert studies document the transformation of Egypt through the dynamic fourth century, and the inauguration of the Ptolemaic state. Ptolemy built up his position as ruler subtly and steadily. Continuity and change marked the Egyptian-Greek encounter. The calendar, the economy and coinage, the temples, all took on new directions. In the great new city of Alexandria, the settlers’ burial customs had their own story to tell.”

― Ptolemy I and the Transformation of Egypt, 404-282 Bce, by Paul McKechnie, Jennifer A. Cromwell

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The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute is a non-circulating collection of books and other publications relating to the ancient Near East for the reference and research of Oriental Institute faculty, staff, students and members. Its materials span the history of the ancient Near East from prehistoric times through the Late Antique period and reflect the interests and work of its users and benefactors.

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