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.

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The sad news has appeared of the passing of Dr. Gregory Areshian due to complications of COVID-19. Dr. Areshian was a ge...
08/10/2020
Tribute: Gregory Areshian – The Legacy of a True Scholar - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

The sad news has appeared of the passing of Dr. Gregory Areshian due to complications of COVID-19. Dr. Areshian was a generous scholar who donated an amazing collection of nearly 1500 books, journals, and pamphlets related to the study of central Asia, Armenia, and the Caucasus to the Research Archives over ten years ago. Ever since, the space housing that collection has been known as the Gregory Areshian Collection (Call Number: GAC).

https://mirrorspectator.com/2020/08/06/tribute-gregory-areshian-the-legacy-of-a-true-scholar/

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1023827.html

A preliminary catalog of the Gregory Areshian Collection in the Research Archives can be downloaded here (https://uchicago.box.com/shared/static/x6o4j75c5n5thtoosh68ihrgw3qx4lab.pdf).

By Armen Der Kiureghian YEREVAN — On August 2, 2020, Armenia lost one of its most distinguished scholars. Dr. Gregory Areshian, Professor of History and Archaeology at the American University of Armenia (AUA), succumbed to the COVID-19 virus in spite of all efforts by his doctors to save him. I ha...

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces a new publication in print and online: MISC. Pioneer to th...
08/09/2020

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces a new publication in print and online:

MISC. Pioneer to the Past: The Story of James Henry Breasted, Archaeologist, Told by His Son Charles Breasted
by Charles Breasted. Paperback reprint of the Charles Scribner's Sons 1943 edition, with new foreword, photographs, and maps

Oriental Institute Publications MISC
Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2020
ISBN 978-1-61491-053-4
Pp. xvi + 436, including full color map of first Oriental Institute expedition; 16 black-and-white photo plates
Paperback, 6 x 9 in
$29.95

DOWNLOAD: oi.uchicago.edu/research/publications/misc/pioneer-past-story-james-henry-breasted-archaeologist-told-his-son
PURCHASE: www.isdistribution.com/BookDetail.aspx?aId=107523

The OI announces the online publication of News & Notes 246 (Summer 2020). The theme for this issue is Love in Egypt. Fe...
08/07/2020

The OI announces the online publication of News & Notes 246 (Summer 2020). The theme for this issue is Love in Egypt. Features include:

"Erotica from Roman Egypt: A Demotic Magical Spell to Induce Lovesickness," by Robert K. Ritner & Foy D. Scalf
"I Found My Beloved: Ancient Egyptian Love Songs in Context," by Theresa Tiliakos
"A Head Above the Rest: Going to Bed in Ancient Egypt," by Catherine Witt
"Oriental Institute Pioneers of Archaeology in Iran," a continued series, by Abbas Alizadeh

Other features include: Programs & Events, Volunteer Spotlight, and Book Specials.

Download the full issue:
https://oi.uchicago.edu/article/news-notes-246-summer-2020-now-available

(News article: https://oi.uchicago.edu/article/news-notes-246-summer-2020-now-available)

The Elizabeth Morse Genius reading room of the Research Archives July 2020
07/29/2020

The Elizabeth Morse Genius reading room of the Research Archives July 2020

Bringing the new acquisitions shelf to you at home! The Research Archives remains closed, but you can always search our ...
07/29/2020

Bringing the new acquisitions shelf to you at home! The Research Archives remains closed, but you can always search our online catalog (oi-idb.uchicago.edu) and download our bibliographic records for your own research purposes. These three volumes are up for cataloging soon.

Bringing the "What's New" Shelf to you at home! New acquisitions on ancient Anatolia and Hittite for the Research Archiv...
07/16/2020

Bringing the "What's New" Shelf to you at home! New acquisitions on ancient Anatolia and Hittite for the Research Archives library. These are in the process of being cataloged and will show up soon in our online catalog oi-idb.uchicago.edu, where you can search and download nearly 600,000 records covering the bibliography of the study of the ancient Middle East and North Africa.

We may be working remotely, but we continue to process new volumes into the library and fulfill patron requests. Here ar...
07/15/2020

We may be working remotely, but we continue to process new volumes into the library and fulfill patron requests. Here are a few massive BMPES tomes and an older volume that a patron kindly pointed out the library didn't have. As we catalog, we are adding links to any online material. Please search our catalog at oi-idb.uchicago.edu, where you can download the records for your own bibliographic use!

Although we are working remotely, the library continues to receive and catalog new volumes. Search Our Collections here ...
07/08/2020

Although we are working remotely, the library continues to receive and catalog new volumes. Search Our Collections here (oi-idb.uchicago.edu). Another selection of recently acquired volumes from ISD in the photo.

New books continue to come into the library and get cataloged into the online database. Search Our Collections here: htt...
07/07/2020

New books continue to come into the library and get cataloged into the online database. Search Our Collections here: https://oi-idb.uchicago.edu/ In the photo, a selection of recent volumes just received from ISD. We also continue to fulfill requests remotely.

I just want to remind everyone working from home that, in addition to wonderful resources like AWOL (ancientworldonline....
06/18/2020

I just want to remind everyone working from home that, in addition to wonderful resources like AWOL (ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/), Internet Archive (archive.org), etc., we are incorporating links to online material through the Research Archives online catalog (oi-idb.uchicago.edu). We indicate where access is open or where a subscription is required. Also, you can save and download our records for your own bibliographic software such as Zotero and EndNote. Screen shots below show you the basics and how to filter for material available online. Of course, this process is ongoing, so links will not be comprehensive, but we are adding more and more each day.

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
06/16/2020

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

The OI's schedule of summer classes is here! Learn Akkadian or papyrological Greek, or take an in-depth look at different Jewish scripts! Classes start at the end of June! Learn more here and register, here: oi.uchicago.edu/courses-workshops

View of the royal summer palace Qasr-i Qajar located outside Tehran. P1140.

JSTOR on Twitter
06/15/2020
JSTOR on Twitter

JSTOR on Twitter

“We've expanded our free online reading program until the end of 2020: You can read 100 articles for free online every month, without institutional affiliation. Just create a JSTOR account and start exploring. https://t.co/XUJ3kwkdJZ”

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
06/10/2020

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Day 2: Language in the ancient world

Want to learn about this Archaic Administrative Text and other writing materials? Then dive into an OI publication on the origins of writing titled, Visible Language: Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond: bit.ly/oi-visiblelanguage

A2515, on display in The Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago
06/10/2020

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Week 12: Language in the ancient world

Get ready, we are exploring language and writing in this week’s posts!

A plaster cast of the Rosetta Stone, pictured here, was among the first objects acquired by the OI in 1896! The text on the Rosetta Stone is written in hieroglyphs (top), Demotic (middle), and Greek (bottom). In 1822, Jean-François Champollion was able to decipher hieroglyphs and this transformed our understanding of ancient Egypt. Learn more: bit.ly/oi-rosettastone

C1, on display in The Joseph and Mary Grimshaw Egyptian Gallery

04/30/2020
Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Oriental Institute - University of Chicago

Day 4: Magic in the ancient world

Drive a man mad with lust! Join us on our OI YouTube channel for a special at-home podcast. Robert Ritner, The Rowe Professor of Egyptology, and Foy Scalf, head of OI research archives join OI podcast host, Steven Townshend, for a discussion about an ancient Egyptian love binding spell that they recently published. This unique spell has recently attracted a good amount of media coverage.

To explore their work in translating this spell and to discover the spell itself, click on the YouTube link!

Hit subscribe on our OI YouTube Channel for up to date notification of our new videos!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VadMR0RW4CY

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.

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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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