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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.


Following the Man of Yamhad

Following the Man of Yamhad

Legal texts recording the purchase or exchange of entire settlements are among the most important cuneiform tablets discovered at Old Babylonian/Middle Bronze Age (Level VII) Alalah. Following the Man of Yamhad is the first book-length study of these legal texts and the socio-economic practice that they document. The author explores the nature of the alienated […]


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 […]


Communities of Style

Communities of Style

Communities of Style examines the production and circulation of portable luxury goods throughout the Levant in the early Iron Age (1200–600 BCE). In particular it focuses on how societies in flux came together around the material effects of art and style, and their role in collective memory.


Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut

Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut Book Cover

This volume publishes the proceedings of the Theban Symposium that took place in May 2010, in Granada, Spain, at the Institute for Arabic Studies of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), on the general theme of “Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut.” The volume contains nineteen papers that present new perspectives on the […]


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 […]


Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art

Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art

Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art concentrates on the visual, material, and built aspects of the Ancient Near East from the fourth millennium BCE to the Hellenistic period. Presenting innovative theoretical approaches to Ancient Near Eastern art history, this volume will be of value to scholars of the Ancient Near East, as well as […]


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.


Studying Archaeological Histories From Space

Worldview-2 satellite image of an oasis near Yanqul, Oman

Michael Harrower and Ben Zaitchick of the Krieger School use satellites to study archaeological histories. Read more and see the image in Johns Hopkins Magazine.