The Department of Near Eastern Studies is concerned with the languages, literatures, and civilizations of the ancient, medieval, and modern Near East. The Department offers specialized training in Archaeology, Art History, Assyriology, Egyptology, Iranian Studies, Judaic and Islamic Studies, Comparative Semitics, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic and Persian.
In 2008-2009, the authors performed a collections assessment on the Peter B. Cornwall Collection at the P.A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. The document describes the collection's history, its contents, and avenues for future research.
The magnificent collection of ivories found in an annex of the Stratum VIIA palace at Megiddo is often cited as illustrative of the internationalism characterizing the Late Bronze Age. This article re- examines the ivories from both a stylistic and archaeological perspective to provide a new reconstruction of their acquisition and deposition. Considering the diversity of the ivories’ styles, their incomplete and unreconstructible nature, and the presence of a large, articulated animal skeleton on top of them, I propose that the assemblage is best viewed within an interpretive framework of hoarding and ritual deposition at the end of the Bronze Age.
This article is a brief preliminary report on the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project's research on the Middle Islamic settlement. The article describes architecture, artifacts, coins, and the results of radiocarbon testing of organic remains to determine the site's settlement history. The article discusses Dhiban's role in the Mamluk empire's economic management of the Levant.