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Congratulations to Our Near Eastern Studies Graduates:

- Erin Fleming
- Adam Maskevich
- Heather Parker
- Jaime Waters


Joshua Bowen Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship

The Department of Near Eastern Studies is delighted to announce that Joshua Bowen, a Ph.D. candidate in Assyriology, has won a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany.  He will spend a year in Tübingen studying Sumerian liturgical tablets from the city of Kish that date to the Old Babylonian Period (2000-1600 BCE). These tablets have resisted translation due to their fragmentary state and enigmatic Sumerian dialect. It is hoped that this study, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Konrad Volk, will expand our understanding of ancient Mesopotamian religious practices and beliefs.



Professor Michael Harrower - NASA Grant

In the attached report, Dean Katherine Newman discusses Professor Mike Harrower's receipt of a major NASA grant to use data from satellites to identify ancient settlements, mines, and irrigation systems in Arabia and Ethiopia.


Congratulations to Heather Dana Davis Parker and Ashley Fiutko Arico - Winners of the SEAN W. DEVER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2013

The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the winner of the twelfth annual competition for the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize. This award offers $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or Biblical Archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English.

The joint winners this year are Heather Dana Davis Parker (PhD candidate in Northwest Semitics and Hebrew Bible in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University) and Ashley Fiutko Arico (PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University).

Their paper, "A Moabite-Inscribed Statue Fragment from Kerak: Possible Egyptian Parallels," was presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, both in San Francisco.

The Sean W. Dever Prize was established in 2001 by Mrs. Norma Dever and Professor William G. Dever, in memory of their son Sean.



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