Helene Kantor in her garden at Chogha Mish, Iran. Photo by C. Adelman.

Helene Kantor

Near Eastern archaeologist and art historian born in Chicago, entered college at 15 after being home schooled due to physical handicaps. Majored first in zoology/biology but entered the University of Chicago in 1938 to study archaeology under Professor Henri Frankfort at the Oriental Institute, where upon completion of her Ph.D. (1945) she became a research assistant and in 1951 an Assistant Professor, promoted to Professor in 1963 in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. An expert on pottery of the ancient Near East, she taught a wide variety of courses and over saw dissertations on the art and architecture of various areas from Iran to Egypt and the Aegean. With Pinhas Delougaz excavated at several sites in Israel and Iran. Chogha Mish (1961-78) revealed a hitherto unknown stage of Iran's Neolithic Period (Archaic Susiana). Otherwise known for her studies of the Aegean and the Orient in the 2nd Millennium B.C. (1947) and the early connections between Mesopotamia and Egypt (1952).

Author of biography: Abbas Alizadeh
Includes bibliography? Yes

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Keywords: Henry Frankfort, Pinhas Delougaz, E. Ehrich, Iranian art, Mesopotamian art, Anatolian art, architecture of Egypt, Near Eastern pottery, chronology of Egypt, Aegean and the Orient, Plant ornament, Nahal Tabur, Israel, Beth Yereh, Israel, Nahariya, Israel, Chogah Mish, Iran, Chogha Banut, Iran, Boneh Fazili, Iran, Neolithic, Susiana

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Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004