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  • Albright NewsOur Future is in Our Past

    MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTI am pleased to report that the Albright Institute continues its 108-year

    tradition of success. True, these are difficult days. The global financial crisis has reached an extent

    that may equal the Great Depression. Individuals, families, and institutions have allbeen forced to lower expenses and expectations. The Albright Institute has notescaped this tumult. Depending as we do on private support, our financial situation,like that of our peers, remains delicate.

    Nonetheless, I am honored to point out that the Albright Institute continuesto thrive thanks to the dedication of our staff, trustees, fellows, and alumni. In thisregard I would especially highlight the dedication of our staff. As I interacted withthem during my week-long visit last spring, I was honestly touched by their sincerecommitment to the Albright's people and programs. They view their work at theInstitute not merely as a job, but as an important part of their lives. Their dedicationand professionalism is inspiring. We are fortunate to have them, and I hope that allof you will have the opportunity of seeing them in action in the near future.

    The Albrights success shines clearly in two additional ways. First, ourfellowship program is flourishing. The number of applications continues to rise, anunmistakable sign of our program's professional prestige. Moreover, the educationalcomponent of the program remains unparalleled. Second, the renovations of ourfacility are now well underway, and the results are impressive. In just the first stageof the renovations, we have transformed the Wright Lab, the Dining and Commonrooms, and the Garden Apartment. Beyond simply modernizing these structures, wehave made a commitment to the future that will benefit everyone residing in orvisiting the Albright for many years to come.

    We have every good reason to take great pride in the Albright, its people and programs. So, although we continueto face daunting financial issues, with your continued support I am confident that the Albright will maintain its

    distinguished place as one of North Americas premieroverseas research institutes.

    J. Edward Wright

    The W. F. Albright Institute ofArchaeological Researchfounded in 1900, is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization, affiliated with the American Schoolsof Oriental Research.

    J. Edward Wright, PresidentJoan R. Branham, Vice-PresidentJ.P. Dessel, TreasurerWilliam M. Schniedewind, SecretarySy Gitin, Director

    Albright NewsLydie T. Shufro, Editor

    Albright News is published by theW. F. Albright Institute ofArchaeological Research (AIAR)P. O. Box 1909691190 Jerusalem, IsraelTel: (972-2) 628-8956Fax: (972-2) 626-4424director@albright.org.il

    United States Office:Sam Cardillo, ComptrollerAlbright Institute P. O. Box 40151Philadelphia, PA 19106Tel: 215-238-1540cardillo@sas.upenn.edu

    www.aiar.org2008 The Albright Institute

    Number 13 October 2008

    Trude Dothan Lectureship in Ancient Near Eastern Studies James P. Allen, Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at BrownUniversity, gave one of his three lectures at the Ecole Bibliqueunder the auspices of Al-Quds University. His topic there wasThe Advent of Ancient Egyptian Literature. left to right: S. Gitin, Albright Director, Trude Dothan, Professor Emerita,Hebrew University, Professor James P. Allen, Salah Houdalieh, Director,Archaeology Institute, Al-Quds University.

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    Norma Dever, Albright Trustee and member of the Institutes Facility Committee,checks on the progress of the renovation of the G. Ernest Wright Lab.

    Common Room

    Newly renovated G. Ernest Wright Lab. Dining Room

    RENOVATION PROJECT UPDATEPhase 1 of the Albrights major renovation project

    was completed this summer. The G. Ernest WrightLab, previously used as a pottery storage andarchaeological work area, was gutted and a stone facadewith a new entrance and windows replaced the previousmetal, wood and glass front. The interior was totallyrebuilt, creating two separate rooms with individual air-conditioning and heating units, and toilet andkitchenette facilities. An insulated ceramic tile roof anddouble-pane windows and screens, ceramic tilingreplacing the cement floors, new electrical wiring,plumbing and lighting fixtures were installed as well astelephone and computer outlets. The G. Ernest WrightLab now houses two archaeological publication officeswhich had previously been located in the hostel in themain building. The vacated space will provide space fortwo new hostel rooms.

    Double-pane windows with screens, acousticalceilings, new lighting fixtures, air-conditioning andheating units were installed in the common and dining

    rooms, and new window curtains were hung in bothrooms. In the common room, which is used also forworkshops and lectures, a drop down screen, amplifierand speakers were installed. This part of the work wasfunded by the portion of the NEH Two-Million-DollarChallenge Grant earmarked for the renovation andendowment of the Joy Gottesman Ungerleider Hostel,as well as the renovation of other buildings on theAlbright campus. Contributions to the 2007 AlbrightAnnual Alumni and Friends Campaign, and eligible forNEH matching funds, helped pay for the commonroom renovation, and gifts to the G. Ernest WrightMemorial Fund, also eligible for the NEH match, wereused for the renovation of the lab. Other work, not partof Phase 1, included the renovation of the kitchen andbathroom in the Garden Apartment withsupplementary funds provided by a private source. TheMiqne lab was transformed into an extension of thelibrary which, with the installation of Compactusshelving, now provides shelf space for an additional17,000 volumes. This last project was funded by agenerous grant form the Packard Humanities Trust.

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    NEWS FROM JERUSALEMIn 2007-2008, the Albrights fellowship program welcomed

    62 Fellows from North America, Bulgaria, England, Germany,Italy, Poland, South Africa, and Russia, as well as from Israel andthe Palestinian Authority. The new Glassman Holland ResearchFellowship for European scholars in the Humanities generated animpressive list of applicants from Armenia, Bulgaria, France,Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, and the Ukraine. Thefirst recipient was Dr. VLADIMIR DORONICHEV of St.Petersburg, Russia, whose project was A Comparative Analysis ofthe Lower Paleolithic Assemblages in the Caucasus and theLevant. A new fellowship, the Getty Research ExchangeFellowship for the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East wasestablished by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers(CAORC). This fellowship is open to scholars who are Israelicitizens and have already obtained a Ph.D., or have professionalexperience in the study or preservation of cultural heritage, andwho wish to undertake a specific research project at one of theAmerican overseas research centers in Rome, Amman, Rabat,Tunis, Cairo, Istanbul, Ankara, Athens or Nicosia. The GettyFellowship is also available at the Albright Institute for qualifiednationals from countries other than Israel in the MediterraneanBasin, which have American centers affiliated with CAORC.

    The Albrights fellowship program continued to attract alarge number of applications 112 for 16 stipended Fellowshipswith a total award of $265,000.This is in part due to the creativework of JOAN BRANHAM,Albright Vice-President andChairperson of the FellowshipCommittee. Dr. Branham hasstream-lined the fellowshipapplication process, putting it online, thereby making the entireprocess easier and more efficient.

    The main highlights of the85-event program were theAnnual Trude Dothan Lectureshipand the ASOR Exchange Lecture

    Program. The lecturer of the seventh Annual Trude DothanLectureship in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, endowed by theDorot Foundation, was Dr. JAMES P. ALLEN, WilbourProfessor of Egyptology at Brown University. He gave threepresentations: The Advent of Ancient Egyptian Literatureunder the auspices of Al-Quds University at the cole Biblique,The Recently-Discovered Historical Inscription ofKhnumhotep at Dahshur at the Hebrew University andTutankhamuns Father at the Albright Institute. ProfessorAllens lecture on the inscription from Dahshur will appear inthe next issue of the Bulletin of the American Schools of OrientalResearch. The lecture series was a huge success, with more than600 participants from the local and foreign academiccommunities attending the lectures, as well as the receptions,luncheons and dinners in honor of Professor Allen.

    In the third of the series of the ASOR Exchange LectureProgram in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, Dr. BARBARAPORTER, Director of the American Center of OrientalResearch (ACOR) gave a presentation at the Albright onACORs Petra Church Excavations to a large crowd of Israelis,

    Palestinians and members of the foreign archaeologicalcommunity. In February, the Albright Director, S. GITIN gavethe exchange lecture at ACOR on Ekron of the Philistines:From Sea Peoples to Olive Oil Industrialists. A large group ofJordanians, Palestinians and foreign academics as well as theIsraeli and Australian ambassadors to Jordan attended thelecture. Special thanks go to P.E. MACALLISTER, Chairmanof the ASOR Board of Trustees for funding the ASOR ExchangeLecture Program and to CAORC and its Executive Director,MARY ELLEN LANE for their support.

    An opening reception for the Appointees, hosted by theDirector and his wife at their home, launched the 2007-08academic program. During the first semester reports werepresented by TALI ERICKSON-GINI, Southern NegevRegional Inspector, Israel Antiquities Authority, who gave anexcellent Re-Assessment of Rudolph Cohens Excavations atKhirbet Moyat `Awad (Moa) in Light of Recent Research,and by AMIHAI MAZAR, Professor of Archaeology at theHebre