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Ancient and Medieval NearEastern and Egyptian archaeology.
The Semitic Museum of Harvard University is a university museum, founded in 1889 by David Gordon Lyon and Jacob H. Schiff. It houses both Harvard's collections of Near Eastern artifacts and its Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic,
The exhibit features a cut-away model of an early Israelite house showing everyday life in the 8th c. B.C.E. as the Domestic component. The Royal and Divine sections relate to the Iron Age II, the time of the divided monarchy of Israel and Judah.
Nuzi and the Hurrians: Fragments from a Forgotten Past.
The exhibit details the daily life of the Hurrians from around 1,400 B.C.E. living in the small town of Nuzi (northeastern Iraq). Approximately 100 objects from the Museum's collection of over 10,000 Nuzi artifacts are displayed, including cuneiform tablets, seals, glass, and pottery.
Ancient Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection.
Featured are pottery vessels, glass, lamps, figurines and bronzes from Cyprus, dating from c. 2000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E. Luigi Palma di Cesnola excavated in Cyprus in the mid-1800's and later became the first director of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
10-4 M-F; 1-4 Su. Closed Saturdays and University holidays. For information, email@example.com Office (617-495-4631).
Free. Groups should make advance reservations with the Museum Office (617-495-4631). The Museum is not handicapped accessible.
Funerary Bust from Palmyra (Syria) 2-3rd century B.C.
Courtesy of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. Photo by Carl Andrews. SM# 1902.45.29.
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