Towards an Ethics Charter for Near Eastern Archaeology and Assyriology


The field of Near Eastern Studies and its various disciplines, from Archaeology to Assyriology, from prehistory to modern times, are now more than ever in need of a charter addressing general ethical principles that concern all scholars in this field, both as individuals and collectively. Such a charter must also respect the autonomy of scholars and their freedom of expression. The current document constitutes a first step in that direction.

Research in the Near East

Spring 2017 Course- Museum Education

In Spring 2017, Dr. Victoria Aplenc of the Graduate School of Education will be offering EDUC545.008, Museum Education. This graduate level course will also accept upper level undergraduates.

What are museums? And how does their work relate to education? This graduate-level seminar provides an introduction into museum education, its history, pedagogical approaches, and challenges.

New Bill will Protect Ancient Sites in War Zones

Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University and Chair of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield, welcomes the new Cultural Property Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech. The bill calls for “the UK to ratify the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict, dealing in cultural property illegally exported from occupied territory to be made criminal offence, and property protected under the convention and its protocols to be identified by new Blue Shield”.

Diana Marsh Lecture- Follow Up

Today Diana Marsh visited us to talk about her observation and research of Smithsonian's 'Deep Time' exhibit. She explored the friction between research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century.

She also shared information about the efforts of the National Museum of Natural History to document their objects in 3D in order to make their collection accessible online. Watch the full video here

Culture Spotlight: The Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.

Watch here to learn more about the Lab in Paris where "tech and creative communities come together to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and culture."

Nicole Ivy Lecture- Follow Up

Nicole Ivy, from the American Alliance of Museums, joined us on December 3rd to speak about the ideas and issues surrounding the archival of recent protests and the images used by or created in response to their movements.

Using ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ as an example for her discussion, she talked about ‪#‎museumsrespondtoferguson‬ and the efforts of cultural institutions to provide a forum for groups as well as using their collections as a means of sparking discussion.