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Martha Sharp Joukowsky (1936-2022)

Monday January 10, 2022

Providence, Rhode Island

We share the sad news that Martha Sharp Joukowsky passed away on January 7, 2022. A generous gift from Martha and her husband Artemis Joukowsky – whom she survived by slightly over a year — made possible the creation of Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, named in their honor in 2004. Martha’s influence on the Joukowsky Institute goes far beyond sharing a name, or even enabling the Institute’s creation. She was seemingly fearless and tireless, commanding huge excavation teams of students and workers well into her seventies. She cared for her students with a fierce and extraordinary kindness – while also strictly enforcing the very highest academic standards. Martha made everything more fun, and more special. She sparkled, and her glow lit everyone around her. Her approach to scholarship, teaching, and mentoring is woven into the Institute’s essence, and continues to guide our mission and our work.

Born in Montague, MA in 1936, Martha grew up in a Unitarian family with a keen sense of social justice that led her parents to become heavily involved in humanitarian relief efforts in World War II Europe. Martha was educated at Brown’s Pembroke College, where she met and married Artemis in 1956; she received her BA in 1958. The young family moved to Italy in 1960 and subsequently lived in Lebanon (1961-72) and Hong Kong before returning to the US in 1974. During their years in Beirut, Martha and Artemis not only traveled extensively through the Levant, including Cyprus, but Martha also engaged intensively with the deep past of the Middle East, earning her MA in Archaeology from the American University of Beirut in the process (1972). She received her PhD from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University in 1982 with a dissertation on the prehistory of western Anatolia (published as Prehistoric Aphrodisias, 1996).

Having previously taught at NYU, Hunter College and at Brown’s then Center for Old World Archaeology and Art, 1982 was also the year that Martha was appointed to the faculty at Brown as Professor of Old World Archaeology and Art and of Anthropology. Brown subsequently awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1985. She held her post at Brown until her retirement in 2002. During these years, she conducted fieldwork in Turkey, Italy, and Greece and, especially, Jordan, where she discovered and excavated the Great Temple at Petra (Petra Great Temple, 3 vols 1998; 2007; 2016). On the Petra project Martha trained generations of Brown students, undergraduate as well as graduate, in field archaeology. Other major publications include A Complete Manual of Field Archaeology (1980) and Early Turkey (1996). Between 1989 and 1993, Martha served as the President of the American Institute of Archaeology. She was also honored by national and international institutions with multiple medals and awards.

Over the fifteen years of the Institute’s existence, both Martha and Arte remained close friends and dedicated supporters. As Martha worked on the third and final volume on her excavations in Petra, which appeared in 2016, she would regularly visit Rhode Island Hall and hear from faculty and students about their fieldwork and classes. Most of all, she happily presided over all the graduation ceremonies at the Institute since 2006 to hand the diplomas personally to the students — until her health no longer allowed her to do so – and her presence (and beautiful Sorbonne regalia) filled our Commencements with the gravitas, style, and irrepressible humor that she brought to everything she touched.

Martha Sharp Joukowsky was a leading field archaeologist, who dedicated her life to exploring the Middle East; a champion of archaeological methodology and the accessible publication of data; and a mentor generous with her time and material; she was also a role model for female students and scholars in Archaeology far beyond those she herself taught. We will sorely miss Martha’s friendship and encouragement, while we gratefully remember the legacy that she and Arte established for the discipline and on Brown’s campus.

ARCE Launches new Library Portal

We are pleased to announce that ARCE’s new library portal has launched!

Through the portal, ARCE members will be able to access our online catalogue and our digital library, which currently includes over 5000 ebooks.

The library portal is currently subscribed to the Brill, Archaeopress and JSTOR databases and our digital library will be constantly growing.

Note that your subscription will expire automatically once your ARCE membership ends, so make sure you renew your membership on time.

Also note that our digital library is for your personal use only.

User activity is tracked, so exceptionally large numbers of downloads of restricted access ebooks and frequent logins through different IP addresses, indicating that users are sharing their login information with others, will result in the cancellation of your account.

We will be constantly trying to improve the portal, so we invite you to send us any comments or feedback you may have.

Explore portal.

ARCE Archives Launches Two New Collections

In partnership with UCLA Library and funding from the U.S Department of Education, ARCE is continuing its efforts to publish USAID funded conservation projects on our open access conservation archives website. The two new collections recently launched on are the following:

The Akhenaten Talatat Project Conservation boasts 921 records documenting the Amarna-style blocks and conservation efforts led by project director, Dr. Jocelyn Gohary, in the Pennsylvania Magazine in Luxor.

The Conservation and Documentation of the Tomb Chapel of Menna (TT69), a project led by Dr. Melinda Hartwig, spans 732 records documenting the high-quality painted walls of the Theban tomb in detail. As well as the conservation and documentation efforts carried out by an interdisciplinary team of experts. ARCE will be posting reels on our Instagram page exploring these two new projects, make sure you check them out. 


Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC)-Public stakeholder meetings in September 2016

Old State House 150 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903
Telephone 401-222-2678

TTY 401-222-3700

Fax 401-222-2968

Contact: Timothy Ives, RIHPHC, 401-222-4139, [email protected]



The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will convene two public stakeholder meetings to discuss the nature, significance, and management of coastal archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Native American settlement along Rhode Island’s coastlines over the past 5000 years has generated a rich and irreplaceable archaeological record. Unfortunately, much of this record may be destroyed in the coming decades by rising sea levels and coastal storms of increasing intensity and frequency. Following Hurricane Sandy, the RIHPHC noted extensive damage to archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NR) and many sites eligible for listing in the NR on Block Island and along the South Coast. Using Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grant funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, the RIHPHC designed and administered surveys to identify and evaluate these sites. The recently completed surveys identified and documented archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy, evaluated the significance of these sites, projected their susceptibility to future storm damage, and proposed management options.

The RIHPHC will hold two public meetings to present survey findings and solicit comments and suggestions regarding long-term site management. State Archaeologist Timothy Ives explained that “Local engagement is the foundation of both coastal resource management and historic preservation in Rhode Island.”

Information on the two meetings are as follows:

South Coast Archaeology Stakeholder Meeting
The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett
Tuesday, September 13
7:00-9:00 PM

The Public Archaeology Laboratory Inc. will present the results of their survey of archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy on the South Coast of Rhode Island. Their study area consists of coastlines on the east side of Point Judith Neck (extending from Narragansett Pier southward to Point Judith) and along the southern shores of Narragansett, South Kingstown, Charlestown, and Westerly to Napatree Point. Archaeologists will discuss several Native American archaeological sites, in addition to Fort Mansfield, an Endicott Era coastal artillery installation. Public questions, comments, and discussion will follow.

Block Island Archaeology Stakeholder Meeting
Island Free Library, Dodge Street, Block Island (New Shoreham)
Tuesday, September 20
1:00-4:00 PM

This meeting will feature a presentation by the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. on a seventeenth-century Native American site exposed by the washout of Corn Neck Road, the only land route between the northern and southern portions of Block Island. Next, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center will present an overview of archaeological sites along the island’s perimeter and low-lying salt ponds. Their findings show that Native American sites across the island are more diverse and widely distributed than previously thought, substantially recasting local research and preservation priorities. Public questions, comments, and discussion will follow.



Archaeology for the People: The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing — Deadline September 1, 2014

Archaeology for the People:

The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing

As archaeologists, we write for each other in journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and other forums, using language that makes sense to fellow members of the profession. Yet the results of archaeological discovery and analysis are important and deserve the widest possible audience: archaeology has momentous findings to report, and for the periods before written history stands as the only source of evidence we have for the human condition.

We believe that archaeology is worthy of a better level of writing, one that is accessible and exciting to non-specialists, but at the same time avoids excessive simplification, speculation, mystification, or romanticization. Some of the most effective writing in this vein has appeared not in professional venues, but in publications with a far wider readership. As just one example, we would cite Elif Batuman’s article inThe New Yorker Magazine (December 19, 2011) on the Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey, and the many fundamental questions it raises about religion, technology, and human social evolution.

We therefore propose a competition for new archaeological writing, which anyone may enter. We invite the submission of accessible and engaging articles, accompanied by a single illustration and with no scholarly apparatus, that showcase any aspect of archaeology of potential interest to a wide readership. As an incentive, we offer a prize of $5,000 to the winner. The prize-winning article, together with those by eight to ten other meritorious entries, will be published in Spring 2015 in a volume of the Joukowsky Institute Publication series (published and distributed by Oxbow Books).

For more information about this competition, and to view the rules, please go to:

Questions concerning the competition should be directed to Prof. John Cherry ([email protected]) and Prof. Felipe Rojas ([email protected]).

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