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Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

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ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, intended to cultivate comparative and connective investigations of the ancient old world from the Mediterranean to East Asia. It was founded by Shelby White and the Leon Levy Foundation in 2006.

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Copper, H. 17.5 cm; Diam. 16.8 cm, Naḥal Mishmar, 4500–3600 BCE. Israel Antiquities 
Authority: 1961-177, exhibited at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Photography by Clara Amit © Israel Antiquities Authority
Crown with Building-Façade Decoration and Vultures
Copper, H. 17.5 cm; Diam. 16.8 cm, Naḥal Mishmar, 4500–3600 BCE. Israel Antiquities Authority: 1961-177, exhibited at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Photography by Clara Amit © Israel Antiquities Authority

Upcoming Events

April 30, 2014 5:00 PM

The Sargonic and Ur III Empires: Continuities, Differences, Innovations

Piotr Steinkeller (Harvard)

This is a two-hour seminar. ...

May 01, 2014 6:00 PM

Ancient Egyptian Conviviality: A Gap in Modern Knowledge?

John Baines (Oxford University)

Despite the presence of vast numbers of scenes of food, drink, and preparations for eating and drinking on ancient Egyptian monuments, images of people partaking in what is shown, whether separately or ...

May 03, 2014 9:00 AM

The Huayuanzhuang Oracle-bones in Context

Organized by Professor Roderick Campbell, this symposium will bring together leading epigraphers, archaeologists and historians to discuss the wider significance of the non-kingly Shang divinatory corpus discovered at Huayuanzhuang. The ...

Latest News

Major Grant for Roman Imperial Coins

The American Numismatic Society and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World are delighted to announce the receipt of a major grant of $300,000 from the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities. ...

Emily Hammer Hired as Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes

This August, Emily Hammer, ISAW Visiting Assistant Professor, will start her new role as the director of the lab at the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL)  at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The lab's ...

Trip Report: Tom Elliott on the "Named Entity Hackathon" at Tufts University

During the week of March 3, I participated in a workshop at Tufts University, hosted by the Perseids Project and organized by Bridget Almas. The workshop was billed as a "hackathon"; its goal was to bring together scholars and ...