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Professor Sheila Bonde Quoted in National Geographic

History of Art and Architecture Professor Sheila Bonde is quoted in an April 13, 2020 National Geographic article about Covid-19's impact on Cathedral of Notre Dame reconstruction.

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The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity: What Christianity Cost the Jews (Oxford, 2020)

Warm congratulations to our colleague Ross Kraemer, Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies Emerita, on the publication of her latest book: The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity: What Christianity Cost the Jews (Oxford, 2020).

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Research team uncovers ancient Maya capital in a Mexican backyard

Researchers have been searching for Sak Tz’i’, an important city from the ancient Maya civilization, since 1994; thanks in part to Brown anthropologists, they now have physical evidence that it existed.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For days, a man selling carnitas on the side of the road in rural Mexico tried to get Whittaker Schroder’s attention as he drove past.

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Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology, Brown scholar says

Parker VanValkenburgh, an assistant professor of anthropology, curated a journal issue that explores the opportunities and challenges big data could bring to the field of archaeology.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Centuries of archaeological research on the Inca Empire has netted a veritable library of knowledge. But new digital and data-driven projects led by Brown University scholars are proving that there is much more to discover about pre-colonial life in the Andes.

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Unearthing Peru’s Colonial Past: Archaeologist digs up new perspectives on indigenous history

Populations and their surrounding environments are often inextricably intertwined. But what happens under colonial rule, when powerful empires try to override this complex relationship?

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Joukowsky Institute Publication #9: Change and Resilience

The ninth volume in the Joukowsky Institute Publication (JIP) series, Change and Resilience: The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity, edited by Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros and Catalina Mas Florit, is available from Oxbow Books.

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The Meaning of Color in Ancient Mesopotamia (Brill, 2019)

In The Meaning of Color in Ancient Mesopotamia, Shiyanthi Thavapalan offers the first in-depth study of the words and expressions for colors in the Akkadian language (c. 2500-500 BCE). By combining philological analysis with the technical investigation of materials, she debunks the misconception that people in Mesopotamia had a limited sense of color and positions the development of Akkadian color language as a corollary of the history of materials and techniques in the ancient Near East.

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Felipe Rojas Interviewed for National Geographic Series on Petra, Jordan

Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology & Assyriology Felipe Rojas is featured in the National Geographic series, Lost Cities With Albert Lin. In "Petra's Hidden Origins", Rojas and the Brown University Petra Terraces Archaeological Project (BUPTAP) team are interviewed about how Petra was part of

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The Pasts of Roman Anatolia: Interpreters, Traces, Horizons (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

In this volume, Felipe Rojas examines how the inhabitants of Roman Anatolia interacted with the physical traces of earlier civilizations in their midst. Combining material and textual evidence, he shows that interest in and knowledge about pre-classical remains was deep and widespread. Indeed, ancient interaction with the remnants of even more ancient pasts was a vital part of life for many and diverse people in Roman Anatolia.

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Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk (Springer, 2019)

This volume, edited by Christine Proust and John Steele, explores how scholars wrote, preserved, circulated, and read knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia. It offers an exercise in micro-history that provides a case study for attempting to understand the relationship between scholars and scholarship during this time of great innovation.   

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