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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.

Cover page of The Nachlass of Walter B. Henning: An Annotated Inventory

The Nachlass of Walter B. Henning: An Annotated Inventory


After Walter Bruno Henning’s untimely death in Berkeley (CA, USA) in 1967, his work materials, correspondence, and personal library seem to have remained in his home for some years. Contemporaries of Henning’s were convinced that his estate contained unpublished work of great value, and complained, sometimes bitterly, that they were prevented from making use of them. Yet some materials were in fact sent to colleagues, for at least several years after his death. But after this time, it does not appear that Henning’s unpublished work or other materials continued to be used by other scholars. His Nachlass re-surfaces in 1992 in the Guide to the Archival Materials of the German-speaking Emigration to the United States after 1933, where it is listed as still in Berkeley in the possession of his son-in-law Theodor B. Kahle. By 2008, the Nachlass (including unpublished working materials, correspondence, and personal library) was accessioned by the Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933-1945, part of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (Frankfurt, Germany). This inventory has been made on the basis of my personal inspection of the entire Nachlass at the Deutsches Exilarchiv during visits in 2022 and 2023.

Cover page of The Climate Crisis, Cultural Heritage, and the Future of Middle Eastern Archaeology

The Climate Crisis, Cultural Heritage, and the Future of Middle Eastern Archaeology


Climate scientists project that rising global temperatures will substantially transform the Middle East during the remaining decades of the century. These changes will also impact the region’s cultural heritage, particularly its documentation and management. This article reflects on how archaeologists can respond to these changes now and in the near future.

Cover page of Peter B. Cornwall Collection Assessment

Peter B. Cornwall Collection Assessment


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.