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Cuneiform tablet in sealed clay envelope, c. 2050 BCE; and chalcedony weight in the shape of a duck (Yale Babylonian Collection / Ott collection gift). Digital photo composition by Alberto Urcia.
December 16, 2016
By Agnete Lassen The Yale Babylonian Collection saw a significant increase in its holdings through two major donations in 2016. A donation by Olga and William David in memory of Nazim and Elias Solomon David...
October 16, 2016
On September 23 – 24, 2016 Yale in Egypt and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Yale University hosted a two-day international and interdisciplinary conference on the Ritual Landscape and...
The Legacy of E.E. Salisbury
September 16, 2016
In 1841 the Yale Corporation appointed alumnus Edward Elbridge Salisbury (class of 1832) as professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature, the first such position in the Americas. This exhibit marks the...
Professor Shawkat M. Toorawa joins Yale-NELC.
July 16, 2016
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University is pleased to announce that as of July 2016 Professor Shawkat M. Toorawa has joined Yale-NELC, and has begun teaching for the fall term...
Samarkand, Central Asia
July 14, 2016
Inspired by her recent journeys, faculty member Karen Polinger Foster has published three photo essays. The first, The Artful Steppe, derives from her May 2014 travels across Central Asia. Through a Persian Looking...

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