Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There is no public record of the Obamas having been members of or donors to the Institute. This claim is based on donor/member lists published by the Oriental Institute as well as by the tax records released by the Obamas. It is possible that they made an anonymous contribution which they did not claim on their taxes (for the years released). If I knew of such a contribution, I couldn't and wouldn't disclose it. It is also possible that they tossed a few bucks into the donation box on a visit to the Institute. Largely so I could say I called the White House to ask about making this post, I called the White House to ask about making this post. They were cool with it. Rest assured I did not ask that the President or one of his many peeps comment. Rest further assured that thousands of Hyde Parkers, not presently occupying the White House, have never given the Institute a plug nickel, which is entirely their privilege. Rest finally assured that the Institute has done very well by thousands of other Hyde Parkers. There... am I covered?
Speaking of which, I am not aware of any reliable report (or certainly photographic evidence) of either of the adult Obamas ever having visited the place. Having said that, it would be a bit weird for two people who spent so much time in Hyde Park never having popped in for a look-see, even once--it has an impressive collection, is free, and has reasonable opening hours. Having said that, the Institute's galleries were fully or partially closed for most of the Obamas' many years in Hyde Park. Having said that (and I am aware that I am on the third or fourth "other hand" by now), the Institute's Museum Education Office had a large number of family events (typically free and not requiring registration) both at the Institute and on the road, and it is entirely possible that one or both of the Obama girls took part in one of those.
A special note: the Institute's public outreach efforts have a long and pretty goll-durned impressive history. Outreach was one of Breasted's apparently-infinite highest priorities which combined to land him on the cover of Time magazine. When Michelle Obama was Michelle Robinson, a girl from Chicago's South Side, it is entirely possible, and I would think likely, that there was either a school trip or a family visit to the Institute or perhaps a visit to a classroom in which the Robinson children would appear to have been paying attention, given the career paths of both the First Lady and her brother. I toyed with contacting the Office of the First Lady to ask as to whether she had any recollection of the Institute, and may still do so, but I need to think about it.
I think I've exhausted this topic. I know I've exhausted myself, and fear I've exhausted you, dear reader.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
|Summary:||"This companion volume and catalog to the exhibit that opens on February 9, 2009, traces the life of Meresamun whose mummy, dating to about 800 B.C., is one of the highlights of the Oriental Institute’s Museum. The text introduces the historical and cultural setting of Egypt during her time. Essays and artifacts examine the role of music and of musicians in Egyptian temple cults, their training, and the types of musical instruments that Meresamun would have used. The life of Meresamun outside the temple is explored, with emphasis upon her social and legal status, what other professions were available to her, and what home life was like. The study of the life of this individual is augmented by forensic evidence obtained with the newest generation of CT scanners that sheds light on Meresamun’s life and death."|
|The Oriental Institute|
Assyriological Studies (AS) | List of volumes in print
- AS 27. Studies Presented to Robert D. Biggs, June 4, 2004 From the Workshop of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, Volume 2. Martha T. Roth, Walter Farber, Matthew W. Stolper and Paula von Bechtolsheim, eds. 2007.
- AS 22. Old Babylonian Letters from Tell Asmar. R. M. Whiting, Jr. 1987.
- AS 17. Cuneiform Texts from Nippur: The Eighth and Ninth Seasons. Giorgio Buccellati and Robert D. Biggs. 1969.
- AS 5. Historical Prism Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal I: Editions E, B1-5, D, and K. Arthur Carl Piepkorn. 1933.
The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD) | List of volumes in print
- Volume 1:1, A:1. 1964.
- Volume 1:2, A:2. 1968.
- Volume 3, B. 1965.
- Volume 4, D. 1959.
- Volume 5, E. 1958.
- Volume 6, H [het]. 1956.
- Volume 7, I/J. 1960.
- Volume 8, K. 1971.
- Volume 9, L. 1973.
- Volume 10:1, M:1. 1977.
- Volume 10:2, M:2. 1977.
- Volume 11:1, N:1. 1980.
- Volume 11:2, N:2. 1980.
- Volume 12, P. 2005.
- Volume 13, Q. 1982.
- Volume 14, R. 1999.
- Volume 15, S. 1984.
- Volume 16, S [tsade]. 1962.
- Volume 17:1, S [shin]:1. 1989.
- Volume 17:2, S [shin]:2. 1992.
- Volume 17:3, S [shin]:3. 1992.
- Volume 18, T. 2006.
- Volume 19, T [Tet]. 2006.
- Volume 21, Z. 1961.
The Chicago Demotic Dictionary (CDD) [Born digital publication]
- | Prologue | 3 | c | Y | B | F | N | R | L | H | Ḫ | Q | K | G | T | D | Problematic Entries | Problematic Entries 2
The Hittite Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CHD) | List of volumes in print
- L-N 1980-1989.
- P, fascicles 1-3 1997.
- S, fascicle 1 2002.
- S, fascicle 2 2005.
- See also The Electronic Chicago Hittite Dictionary (e-CHD). The P Volume, Theo van den Hout and Harry A. Hoffner, ed.
Materials for the Assyrian Dictionary (MAD)
- MAD 5. Sargonic Texts in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. I. J. Gelb., 1970.
- MAD 4. Sargonic Texts in the Louvre Museum. I. J. Gelb., 1970.
- MAD 3. Glossary of Old Akkadian. I. J. Gelb., 1957.
- MAD 2. Old Akkadian Writing and Grammar I. J. Gelb., 1952
- MAD 1. Sargonic Texts from the Diyala Region I. J. Gelb., 1952.
Oriental Institute Communications (OIC) | List of volumes in print
- OIC 29. Catalog of Demotic Texts in the Brooklyn Museum. George R. Hughes. 2005.
- OIC 23. Excavations at Nippur: Twelfth Season. McGuire Gibson, Judith A. Franke, Miguel Civil, Michael L. Bates, Joachim Boessneck, Karl W. Butzer and Ted A. Rathbun, and Elizabeth Frick Mallin. 1978.
- OIC 22. Excavations at Nippur: Eleventh Season. McG. Gibson, with appendices by M. Civil. J. H. Johnson, and S. A. Kaufman. 1976.
- OIC 21. The Treasury of Persepolis and Other Discoveries in the Homeland of the Achaemenians. Erich F. Schmidt. 1939.
- OIC 20. Progress of the Work of the Oriental Institute in Iraq, 1934/35: Fifth Preliminary Report of the Iraq Expedition. Henri Frankfort. 1936.
- OIC 19. Oriental Institute Discoveries in Iraq, 1933/34: Fourth Preliminary Report of the Iraq Expedition. Henri Frankfort, with a chapter by Thorkild Jacobsen. 1935.
- OIC 17. Iraq Excavations of the Oriental Institute 1932/33: Third Preliminary Report of the Iraq Expedition. Henri Frankfort. 1934.
- OIC 16. Tell Asmar, Khafaje and Khorsabad: Second Preliminary Report of the Iraq Expedition. Henri Frankfort. 1933.
- OIC 13. Tell Asmar and Khafaje: The First Season’s Work in Eshnunna 1930/31. Henri Frankfort, Thorkild Jacobsen, and Conrad Preusser. 1932.
Oriental Institute Museum Publications (OIMP) | List of volumes in print
- OIMP 29. The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt. Edited by Emily Teeter and Janet H. Johnson, 2009
- OIMP 28. Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past. Edited by Geoff Emberling and Katharyn Hanson, 2008
- OIMP 27. European Cartographers and the Ottoman World, 1500–1750: Maps from the Collection of O. J. Sopranos. Ian Manners. 2007.
- OIMP 26. Daily Life Ornamented: The Medieval Persian City of Rayy. Tanya Treptow.
- OIMP 25. Embroidering Identities: A Century of Palestinian Clothing. Iman Saca. 2006
- OIMP 24. Lost Nubia: A Centennial Exhibit of Photographs from the 1905-1907 Egyptian Expedition of the University of Chicago. John A. Larson. 2006.
Oriental Institute Publications (OIP) | List of volumes in print
- OIP 135. Kerkenes Special Studies 1: Sculpture and Inscriptions from the Monumental Entrance to the Palatial Complex at Kerkenes Dag, Turkey. Catherine M. Draycott and Geoffrey D. Summers, with contribution by Claude Brixhe and Turkish summary translated by G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu. 2008
- OIP 132. The Egyptian Coffin Texts, Volume 8. Middle Kingdom Copies of Pyramid Texts. James P. Allen. 2006.
- OIP 131. The Amuq Valley Regional Projects, Volume 1 - Surveys in the Plain of Antioch and Orontes Delta, Turkey, 1995-2002. Kutlu Aslihan Yener. 2005.
- OIP 130. Chogha Mish, Volume II. The Development of a Prehistoric Regional Center in Lowland Susiana, Southwestern Iran: Final Report on the Last Six Seasons of Excavations, 1972–1978. Abbas Alizadeh. 2008.
- OIP 129. The Early Dynastic To Akkadian Transistion: The Area WF Sounding At Nippur. Augusta McMahon. 2006.
- OIP 128. The Origins of State Organizations in Prehistoric Highland Fars, Southern Iran: Excavations at Tall-e Bakun. Abbas Alizadeh. 2006
- OIP 127. Megiddo 3: Final Report on the Stratum VI Excavations. Timothy P. Harrison, with contributions by Douglas L. Esse, Andrew Graham, Ronald G. V. Hancock, and Patricia Paice. 2004.
- OIP 126. Taxes, Taxpayers, And Tax Receipts In Early Ptolemaic Thebes - Demotic and Greek Ostraca from the Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago. Brian P. Muhs. 2005.
- OIP 125. Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat, Syria, Volume 2: Archaeology of the Bronze Age, Hellenistic, and Roman Remains at an Ancient Town on the Euphrates River. Thomas A. Holland. 2006.
- OIP 124. Excavations at Tell Es-Sweyhat, Syria, Volume 1: On the Margin of the Euphrates: Settlement and Land Use at Tell Es-Sweyhat and in the Upper Lake Assad Area, Syria. Tony J. Wilkinson. 2004.
- OIP 123. Temple of Khonsu, Volume 3. The Graffiti on the Khonsu Temple Roof at Karnak: A Manifestation of Personal Piety. Helen Jacquet-Gordon. 2003.
- OIP 122. Neo-Babylonian Texts in the Oriental Institute Collection. David B. Weisberg. 2003.
- OIP 121. Cuneiform Texts from the Ur III Period in the Oriental Institute, Volume 2: Drehem Administrative Documents from the Reign of Amar-Suena. Markus Hilgert. 2003.
- OIP 120. Excavations at the Prehistoric Mound of Chogha Bonut, Khuzestan, Iran, Seasons 1976/77, 1977/78, and 1996. Abbas Alizadeh. 2003.
- OIP 119. Theban Desert Road Survey in the Egyptian Western Desert, Volume 1: Gebel Tjauti Rock Inscriptions 1-45 and Wadi el-Hôl Rock Inscriptions 1-45. J. C. Darnell, with the assistance of D. Darnell. 2002.
- OIP 118. Scarabs, Scaraboids, Seals, and Seal Impressions from Medinet Habu. Emily Teeter. 2003.
- OIP 117. Seals on the Persepolis Fortification Tablets, Volume I: Images of Heroic Encounter. Mark B. Garrison and Margaret Cool Root, with seal inscription readings by Charles E. Jones. 2001.
- OIP 115. Cuneiform Texts from the Ur III Period in the Oriental Institute, Volume 1: Drehem Administrative Documents from the Reign of Shulgi. M. Hilgert. 1998
- OIP 114. Nippur, Volume 4: The Early Neo-Babylonian Governor's Archive from Nippur. S. W. Cole. 1996.
- OIP 111. Nippur, Volume 3: Kassite Buildings in Area WC-1. R. L. Zettler. 1993.
- OIP 105. Prehistoric Archeology Along the Zagros Flanks. L. S. Braidwood, et. al. 1983.
- OIP 104. Earliest Land Tenure Systems in the Near East: Ancient Kudurrus. I. J. Gelb, et. al. 1989, 1991.
- OIP 102. The Tomb of Kheruef: Theban Tomb 192. The Epigraphic Survey. 1980.
- OIP 101. Chogha Mish, Volume 1: The First Five Seasons, 1961-1971. Helene Kantor and P. Delougaz. 1996.
- OIP 99. Inscriptions from Tell Abu Salabikh. R. D. Biggs. 1974.
- OIP 98. Old Babylonian Public Buildings in the Diyala Region. Part One: Excavations at Ishchali, Part Two: Khafajah Mounds B, C, and D. H. D. Hill, et. al. 1990.
- OIP 97. Nippur, Volume 2. The North Temple and Sounding E: Excavations of the Joint Expedition to Nippur of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. D. E. McCown, et. al. 19
- OIP 92. Persepolis Fortification Tablets. R. T. Hallock. 1969.
- OIP 91. Aramaic Ritual Texts from Persepolis. R. A. Bowman. 1970.
- OIP 88. Private Houses and Graves in the Diyala Region. Pinhas Delougaz, Harold D. Hill, and Seton Lloyd. 1967
- OIP 79. Soundings at Tell Fakhariyah. C. W. McEwan, et. al. 1957.
- OIP 78. Nippur I, Temple of Enlil, Scribal Quarter, and Soundings: Excavations of the Joint Expedition to Nippur of the University Museum of Philadelphia and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Donald E. McCown and Richard C. Haines, assisted by Donald P. Hansen. 1967
- OIP 72. Stratified Cylinder Seals from the Diyala Region. Henri Frankfort with a chapter by Thorkild Jacobsen. 1955
- OIP 70. Persepolis III: The Royal Tombs and Other Monuments. E. F. Schmidt. 1970.
- OIP 69. Persepolis II: Contents of the Treasury and Other Discoveries. Erich F. Schmidt with contributions by Sydney P. Noe et al., Frederick R. Matson, Lawrence J. Howell, and Louisa Bellinger. 1957
- OIP 68. Persepolis I: Structures, Reliefs, Inscriptions. Erich F. Schmidt with contribution by F. R. Matson. 1953.
- OIP 65. Persepolis Treasury Tablets. George G. Cameron. 1948.
- OIP 63. Pottery from the Diyala Region. Pinhas Delougaz. 1952.
- OIP 60. More Sculpture from the Diyala Region. Henri Frankfort. 1943.
- OIP 59. Tall-i-Bakun A: Season of 1932. Alexander Langsdorff and Donald E. McCown. 1942.
- OIP 58. Pre-Sargonid Temples in the Diyala Region. Pinhas Delougaz and Seton Lloyd with chapters by Henri Frankfort and Thorkild Jacobsen. 1942.
- OIP 53. The Temple Oval at Khafajah. Pinhas Delougaz, with a chapter by Thorkild Jacobsen. 1940.
- OIP 44. Sculpture of the Third Millennium B.C. from Tell Asmar and Khafajah. Henri Frankfort. 1939.
- OIP 43. The Gimilsin Temple and the Palace of the Rulers at Tell Asmar. Henri Frankfort, Seton Lloyd, and Thorkild Jacobsen, with a chapter by Günter Martiny. 1940.
- OIP 42. Megiddo 1. Seasons of 1925-34: Strata I-V. Robert S. Lamon and Geoffrey M. Shipton. 1939.
- OIP 40. Khorsabad, Part 2: The Citadel and the Town. Gordon Loud and Charles B. Altman. 1938.
- OIP 38. Khorsabad, Part 1: Excavations in the Palace and at a City Gate. Gordon Loud. 1936,
- OIP 24. Sennacherib's Aqueduct at Jerwan. Thorkild Jacobsen and Seton Lloyd. 1935.
- OIP 21. The Excavation of Medinet Habu, Volume 1: General Plans and Views. Uvo Hölscher. 1934.
- OIP 16. Cuneiform Series, Volume IV: Sumerian Texts of Varied Contents. Edward Chiera. 1934.
- OIP 15. Cuneiform Series, Volume III: Sumerian Epics and Myths. Edward Chiera. 1934.
- OIP 14. Cuneiform Series, Vol. II: Inscriptions from from Adab. Daniel David Luckenbill. 1930.
- OIP 11. Cuneiform Series, Volume I: Sumerian Lexical Texts from the Temple School of Nippur. Edward Chiera. 1929.
Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS) | List of volumes in print
- OIS 4. Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond.M Nicole Brisch, ed.
- OIS 3. Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean. Nicola Laneri, ed. 2007.
- OIS 2. Margins of Writing, Origins of Cultures. Seth L. Sanders, ed. 2006, 2007.
- OIS 1. Changing Social Identity with the Spread of Islam: Archaeological Perspectives. Donald Whitcomb, ed. 2004.
Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC) | List of volumes in print
- SAOC 62. Proceedings of the 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Held at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, July 18–22, 2005. 2008.
- SAOC 61. Sacred Space and Sacred Function in Ancient Thebes. Peter F. Dorman and Betsy M. Bryan, ed. 2007.
- SAOC 60. Studies in Semitic and Afroasiatic Linguistics Presented to Gene B. Gragg. Cynthia L. Miller, ed.
- SAOC 59. Studies in the Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands in Memory of Douglas L. Esse. Samuel R. Wolff, ed. 2001.
- SAOC 51. Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond. Janet Johnson. ed. 1992.
- SAOC 45. Thus Wrote ‘Onchsheshonqy - An Introductory Grammar of Demotic (Third Edition). Janet H. Johnson. Third edition, 2000.
- SAOC 44. Nippur Neighborhoods. E. C. Stone. 1987.
- SAOC 38. The Demotic Verbal System. Janet H. Johnson. Second printing, with corrections, 2004.
- SAOC 31. Prehistoric Investigations in Iraqi Kurdistan. R. J. Braidwood and B. Howe. 1960.
- SAOC 20. Animal Remains from Tell Asmar. Max Hilzheimer. 1941.
- SAOC 5. A New Inscription of Xerxes from Persepolis. Ernst E. Herzfeld. 1932.
Miscellaneous Publications | List of volumes in print
- Uch Tepe II: Technical Reports. McG. Gibson, ed. 1990.
- Uch Tepe I: Tell Razuk, Tell Ahmed Al-Mughir, Tell Ajamat. McG. Gibson, ed. 1987.
- Persepolis and Ancient Iran. 1976.
- The 1905–1907 Breasted Expeditions to Egypt and The Sudan. 1975.
- The Uruk Countryside: The Natural Setting of Urban Societies. Robert McC. Adams and Hans J. Nissen. 1972.
- Flights Over Ancient Cities of Iran. Erich F. Schmidt. 1940.
Oriental Institute Annual Reports
Monday, January 26, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Fathom Knowledge Network, founded in 1999, launched its Web site in the spring of 2000 with the goal of providing high quality educational resources to a global audience through the Internet. The Fathom academic consortium grew to include 14 leading educational and cultural institutions dedicated to that goal. The Fathom Web site ceased operations in March 2003.The Fathom Web site ceased operations in March 2003, but the University of Chicago Libraries archive offers access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by University of Chicago faculty, researchers, and departments. Among these are several contributions by staff and faculty of the Oriental Institute:
During its operation, the Fathom Web site received visitors from more than 52 countries. Fathom users included students, professionals, educators, and lifelong learners. Over 65,000 of Fathom's visitors enrolled in courses and seminars.
Fathom expanded its content and created new formats to help reduce barriers to online learning, such as free seminar series and interdisciplinary learning centers. In 2001, Fathom was honored by Yahoo, and then in 2002 by Forbes, as a leading educational Web site. Fathom's alliances with the BBC, the AARP, and Elderhostel brought online learning to new and diverse audiences.
Dorman, Peter F.
Hatshepsut: Wicked Stepmother or Joan of Arc?
Lost Egypt: Photography and the Early Documentation of Egyptian Monument
Gibson, McGuire; Susan Kidwell; Paul Sereno
Why We Dig Up the Past
The Origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Hout, Theo P.J. van den
"I Have Given You my Advice": Educational Principles in the Hittite Empire
Miles of Clay: Information Management in the Ancient Near Eastern Hittite Empire
Johnson, Janet H.
Women's Legal Rights in Ancient Egypt
Teeter, Emily and Douglas J. Brewer
Ancient Egyptian Society and Family Life
Religion in the Lives of the Ancient Egyptians
The project took place over the summers of 2000 and 2001, managed for the contractor by an exceedingly affable Hoosier named Malcolm and quarterbacked--superlatively and (characteristically) without complaint--for the Institute by Ray Tindel. It was a big enough deal to merit the lede in an Annual Report Introduction and inspired a nifty painting by Mark McMahon that was originally featured in the University of Chicago Magazine, which I happily cadged for the Annual Report cover 2000-2001, for a reasonable fee.
At some point, no doubt inspired by the ethos of the Institute and its focus on inscriptions of one kind or another (and this my personal favorite), I came up with the idea of having people remember themselves in writing on the undersides of the clay tiles that adorned the roof, old and new. I put a little bit of my own cash into determining what was most lasting, ranging from nail polish to a variety of paints (including the battleship gray favored by the US Navy) before determining that Sharpies were highly durable. I then bought twenty of those bad boys, on the Institute's nickel.
Theo van den Hout and Emily Teeter generously supplied appropriate Hittite and Egyptian encomia, and letters were sent to all Institute faculty, staff, volunteers, NELC students and Associate Members, along with the Visiting Committee. I recall about 400 letters being sent, and receiving responses from about 100 or 120 people. Most responses simply asked for a name to be written under either the Hittite or Egyptian elements, which graduate students Joe Daniels, Brett McClain, and John Nielson executed. There were a few exceptions, of course: one VC member asked that his recently-passed mother be noted, while another wanted to recall his first wife, who died in a plane crash. There is no chance that I will be more specific about those who responded.
The tiles in question are located near the west peak of the roof, above the Morse Genius Reading Room. I do not know whether our Sharpies will survive the decades and the elements, but I sure hope so. I myself took the opportunity to remember my father, who died when I was in my early twenties.
Monday, January 12, 2009
With his death, the Oriental Institute lost a good friend.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
In 2008 826,805 unique visitors came to the Oriental Institute website 1,149,023 times, looking at 3,982,345 pages (averaging 3.46 pages per visit). 68.9 % of these visitors stayed 30 seconds or less before leaving, but 14.7 % stayed longer than 5 minutes.
Robots, worms and other such creatures looked at another 7,839,713 pages.
The twenty five most frequently viewed pages on the Oriental Institute Website are:
- The Oriental Institute Home Page 463306 visits
- The Museum Education Mummy Game 246444 visits
- The Museum Education Home Page 121614 visits
- The Museum Home Page 69754 visits
- NIPPUR - SACRED CITY OF ENLIL, SUPREME GOD OF SUMER AND AKKAD. Figure. 1 Map of ancient Mesopotamia. 67300 visits
- The Museum Education Kids' Corner 52337 visits
- Highlights from the Collection: Mesopotamia 42238 visits
- Oriental Institute Map Series - Site Maps 41935 visits
- Death in Ancient Egypt 40755 visits
- Highlights from the Collections 36625 visits
- Research at the Oriental Institute 35544 visits
- Persepolis and Ancient Iran 31071 visits
- The Oriental Institute Museum Hours 28060 visits
- Museum Galleries 23270 visits
- The Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery 22438 visits
- Lost Treasures from Iraq 21469 visits
- Abzu 21284 visits
- The Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP) 21268 visits
- The Oriental Institute Museum: The East Wing Galleries 21158 visits
- Oriental Institute Events 20465 visits
- Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Web Resources for Young People and Teachers 19943 visits
- Museum Education Teacher Resource Center. Mesopotamia: Science & Inventions 18048 visits
- The Oriental Institute Home Page 17977 visits
- Catalog of Publications 17857 visits
- Museum Gallery Tours & Program 17166 visits
The top twenty-five points of entry to the Oriental Institute website are:
- The Oriental Institute Home Page
- The Museum Education Mummy Game
- NIPPUR - SACRED CITY OF ENLIL, SUPREME GOD OF SUMER AND AKKAD. Figure. 1 Map of ancient Mesopotamia.
- Death in Ancient Egypt
- The Museum Education Kids' Corner
- Oriental Institute Map Series - Site Maps
- Highlights from the Collection: Mesopotamia
- The Museum Home Page
- Persepolis and Ancient Iran
- Highlights from the Collections
- Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Web Resources for Young People and Teachers
- The Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP)
- Lost Treasures from Iraq
- The Oriental Institute Home Page
- Constructing The Giza Plateau Computer Model (1990-1995)
- Museum Education Teacher Resource Center. Mesopotamia: Science & Inventions
- NUBIA - "Its glory and its people" 1987 EXHIBITION: BROCHURE, FEBRUARY 1 thru 28, 1987
- WHO WAS WHO AMONG THE ROYAL MUMMIES
- Museum Education Teacher Resource Center. Mesopotamia: Law & Government
- Museum Education Teacher Resource Center. Mesopotamia: Architecture
- Oriental Institute Map Series
- Museum Education Teacher Resource Center. Mesopotamia: Role of Women
- Nippur - Sacred City Of Enlil: SUPREME GOD OF SUMER AND AKKAD
- Highlights from the Collection: Egypt
Various pages in the complex developed by the Museum Education department are heavily represented in the top 25 entry pages (nos. 2, 5, 17, 20, 21, and 23).
In each list, variants of the OI home page appear twice, once with and once without the final "/".
Both lists include three pages of specific interest:
- Abzu is a link to a redirector, sending users (after a short explanation) to the current site of Abzu at the ETANA project at Vanderbilt University. Though Abzu has been served from Vanderbilt for several years it still received more than twenty thousand hits on the OI website in 2008.
- The Museum Education Mummy Game is the second most popular page (with nearly a quarter million viewers in 2008) and the second most frequent point of entry to the OI website. It includes no links back to either its source in the Museum Education site, or more generally to the OI home page.
- Death in Ancient Egypt, and
- Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Web Resources for Young People and Teachers, together representing more than sixty thousand annual visits to the Oriental Institute web presence, have never been converted to the new format, and have no links to them from elsewhere on the OI web.
- WHO WAS WHO AMONG THE ROYAL MUMMIES, an article by Edward Wente appearing originally in the Oriental Institute News & Notes No. 144, Winter 1995, and
- NUBIA - "Its glory and its people" 1987 EXHIBITION: BROCHURE, FEBRUARY 1 thru 28, 1987, a brochure by Bruce B. Williams published in conjunction with the exhibition presented by: THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO and the OAK WOODS CEMETERY ASSOCIATION In the Tower of Memories, Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, 1987, remain consistently among the important points of entry to the Oriental Institute web presence years after the were originally reformatted for the web.
I'll add more comments as they occur to me.
Finally, a list of the twenty-five most frequently downloaded digital versions (pdf) of formal publications of the Oriental Institute for 2008. Note that some of these are fairly recent, but others are old standards.
- Oriental Institute 2002-2003 Annual Report, downloaded 4853 times.
- OIS 4. Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond, Nicole Brisch, ed., downloaded 3152 times.
- OIS 3.Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, Nicola Laneri, editor, with contributions by Nicola Laneri, Ellen F. Morris, Glenn M. Schwartz, Robert Chapman, Massimo Cultraro, Meredith S. Chesson, Alessandro Naso, Adam T. Smith, Dina Katz, Seth Richardson, Susan Pollock, Ian Rutherford, John Pollini, John Robb, and James A. Brown, downloaded 2924 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 14, R, 1999, downloaded 2806 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 12, P, 2005, downloaded 2781 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 1, A, part 1, 1964, downloaded 2679 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 18, T, 2006, downloaded 2613 times.
- SAOC 62. Proceedings of the 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Held at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, July 18–22, 2005, Robert D. Biggs, Jennie Myers, and Martha T. Roth, eds., downloaded 2416 times.
- OIS 2, Margins of Writing, Origins of Cultures, Seth L. Sanders, editor, with contributions by Seth L. Sanders, John Kelly, Gonzalo Rubio, Jacco Dieleman, Jerrold Cooper, Christopher Woods, Annick Payne, William Schniedewind, Michael Silverstein-, Piotr Michalowski, Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Theo van den Hout, Paul Zimansky, Sheldon Pollock, and Peter Machinist. (second printing), downloaded 2198 times.
- SAOC 61. Sacred Space and Sacred Function in Ancient Thebes, Peter F. Dorman and Betsy M. Bryan, editors, downloaded 2192 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 19, T [Tet], 2006, downloaded 2163 times.
- MAD 2. Old Akkadian Writing and Grammar, I. J. Gelb, 1952, downloaded 1993 times.
- AS 27. Studies Presented to Robert D. Biggs, June 4, 2004 From the Workshop of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, Volume 2, Martha T. Roth, Walter Farber, Matthew W. Stolper and Paula von Bechtolsheim, eds., 2007, downloaded 1886 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 10, M, part 1, 1977, downloaded 1621 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 1, A, part 2, 1968, downloaded 1504 times.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD), Volume 10, M, part 2, 1977, downloaded 1495 times.
- OIMP 28. Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past, edited by Geoff Emberling and Katharyn Hanson, 2008, downloaded 1495 times.
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