Category Archives: In the News

Publication by Graduate Student Rachel Kalisher on Bronze Age Brain Surgery

Fourth year doctoral student Rachel Kalisher has published groundbreaking research on a Late Bronze Age site in modern day Megiddo, Israel investigating access by class to early brain surgery in the region. Her article is titled “Cranial trephination and infectious disease in the Eastern Mediterranean: The evidence from two elite brothers from Late Bronze Megiddo, Israel,” and can be viewed here. It has received media attention from 164 news outlets – way to go Rachel!

The Choices Program is on YouTube

From the Choices Program:

Did you know that the Choices Program has a YouTube channel? In addition to hundreds of individual videos with leading scholars and practitioners, the Choices channel also has dozens of topical and thematic video playlists.

Choices YouTube playlists are a versatile resource for teachers that can be used in a variety of ways: 

  • Substitute a Choices video playlist for a short reading assignment;
  • Pair a playlist with in-class worksheets for days you have a substitute;
  • Use playlists as professional development in order to refresh your knowledge of a particular subject or gain tips on ways to teach with certain types of sources.

Check out the specific ideas below and then explore the Choices’ YouTube Channel for dozens of additional playlists to use in and out of the classroom!

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Choices is hiring!

Join our team! The Choices Program is hiring a Digital Sales Manager. The successful candidate will be a key team member who will be responsible for a variety of public facing and internal administrative tasks related to the sales of the Choices Program’s digital curriculum. The new staff member will also support efforts and initiatives in professional development, marketing, and outreach as they relate to digital curriculum sales. 

Apply here.

Workshops and Webinars
Don’t miss out on our upcoming professional development events, both online and in-person. Explore our materials on westward expansion, the U.S. role in the world, current issues, U.S. history, Brazil, genocide, and more! Sign up today and then see for yourself how easily Choices Program materials can be integrated into your classroom.
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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.

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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.