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Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Morag M. Kersel
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
DePaul University

“Mission Impossible?  Tracking the Lives of Early Bronze Age Pots from the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan”

Friday, February 12, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Gilman Hall – Room 130G (Near Eastern Studies Seminar Room)



We are delighted to report two pieces of good news from the 2015 annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Atlanta (November, 2015):

  1. Professor Marian Feldman has been given the W.F. Albright Award for her service on the Baghdad Committee.  This award honors an individual who has shown special support or made outstanding service contributions to one of the overseas centers or to one of the overseas committees.
  2. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni has been awarded a 2016-2017 ASOR Mesopotamian Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Armenia.

Heartiest congratulations to Prof. Feldman and Tiffany !


Congratulations to Our Near Eastern Studies Graduate:

- Tiffany Earley-Spadoni


Congratulations to Professor Jacob Lauinger:


We are pleased to announce that Professor Jacob Lauinger has been granted a Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award ($49,720), designed to support the promising research and creative endeavors of early career faculty.   Prof. Lauinger is the only Humanities Professor in the 2015-2016 cohort to receive this award.  His project is:

 “Cuneiform from Canaan:  Lemmatization, Annotation, and Electronic Publication of the Canaanite Cuneiform Texts from Tell el-Amarna, Egypt.”  

The project aims to tag the linguistic and extra-linguistic data of the Amarna letters sent by the Canaanite kings and to produce fully searchable online editions of these letters within the Oracc workspace.  The award will enable Prof. Lauinger to hire a postdoctoral research associate to assist in this work for the 2015-2016 academic year.


Congratulations to Sanchita Balachandran:

Sanchita Balachandran was awarded a Johns Hopkins Discovery Award in the amount of $99,875 to pursue interdisciplinary research with Patricia McGuiggan (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, JHU) and Matthew Hyleck (Baltimore Clayworks) to investigate the original manufacturing techniques of ancient Greek red figure pottery.  The research project involves reverse engineering these ancient vessels by conducting technical studies of objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum collection, and then collaborating to recreate contemporary versions based on the team’s expertise and analytical work.  Additional information can be found on the project website:


We pay tribute to one of our esteemed colleagues:

Hans Goedicke, professor emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He died of cancer on February 24, 2015.

A native of Vienna, Dr. Goedicke earned his doctoral degree in 1949 from the University of Vienna and then worked as an assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna. From 1952 until 1957, he was a research assistant at Brown University, and then spent a year working for UNESCO on digs at the Temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt.

Dr. Goedicke joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1960, as a lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He was soon promoted to assistant professor and then associate professor, and in 1968, he was named full professor. Dr. Goedicke also served two terms as chair of the department—from 1969 to 1973 and from 1979 to 1984.

Dr. Goedicke’s particular area of interest was ancient Egypt. He conducted an epigraphic survey in Aswan, Gharb Aswan, and Gebel Tingar, and he was field director of the Johns Hopkins survey in the Wadi Tumilat in 1977, 1978, and 1981.

In 1981, Dr. Goedicke posited that the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt took place 200 years earlier than previously thought, and was caused by a volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini, which resulted in the flooding of low coastal lands in Egypt.

Dr. Goedicke was the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He was also the author, co-author, or editor of close to 30 books and dozens of journal articles and reviews.

Glenn Schwartz, the Whiting Professor of Archaeology and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, explained that Dr. Goedicke’s influence is still felt in the department. “Hans was a world-renowned scholar of ancient Egypt who made many important contributions to the field.  His energy and creativity were extraordinary, and he continued to come up with new ideas and to produce publications throughout his retirement.”

Our condolences go to Dr. Goedicke’s wife, the former Lucy McLaughlin, and their nieces and nephews.





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