News & Announcements Archive


Faculty and Student Awards

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): Professor Marian Feldman has received 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 […]


Prof. Jacob Lauinger Granted Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

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 […]


Sanchita Balachandran Awarded a Johns Hopkins Discovery Award

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 […]


Johns Hopkins Students Recreate an Iconic Ancient Greek Kylix

students display their kylikes

For the past 13 weeks, the students in Sanchita Balachandran’s “Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics” class have undertaken a distinctly different type of apprenticeship. Throughout this hands-on course in experiential archaeology, they have consulted the work of experts and practiced throwing clay pots.


In Memoriam: Hans Goedicke

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 […]


Graduate Student Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to Joshua Bowen, a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Studies researching Assyriology, who received a Fulbright grant to Germany. There Bowen will translate and contextualize more than 130 liturgical tablets from the ancient city of Kiš, which have resisted translation due to their fragmentary state and enigmatic Sumerian dialect. His work on this neglected Sumerian […]


Johns Hopkins Expert Discusses Ritual Public Drunkenness in Ancient Egypt

Earlier this week, Betsy Bryan, who specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of Egypt’s New Kingdom (ca. 1600-1000 B.C.), participated in a lecture series under the auspices of the California Museum of Ancient Art, where she spoke about ancient Egyptian ritual celebrations that centered around public drunkenness and sex.