Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ continued long after invention of writing/M. Willis Monroe, Graduate Student, Participates in Research of Tokens

An ancient token-based recording system from before the dawn of history was rendered obsolete by the birth of writing, according to popular wisdom. But now, latest excavations show that, in fact, these clay tokens were integral to administrative functions right across the Assyrian empire – millennia after this system was believed to have vanished.

(Distributed August 4, 2014)

Professor John Steele honored with the title “Guest Professor” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

During a recent visit to China to give a series of lectures Professor John Steele was awarded the honorary title of Guest Professor in the School of History and Culture of Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The honor is in recognition of his research on the history of ancient astronomy and in fostering links between historians of science in China and at Brown.

(Distributed July 18, 2014)

M. Willis Monroe Awarded Fellowship from The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII)


M. Willis Monroe, a 4th year PhD student in Ancient Western Asian Studies, has been awarded a fellowship from The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) for his research project "Innovation in Seleucid Astrology: Re-investigating the Micro-Zodiac". The fellowship will support Willis's travel to several European collections to undertake research on cuneiform tablets this summer.

(Distributed March 14, 2014)

Brown Daily Herald Article "Mentor program launches with mummy unwrapping"

"Mentor program launches with mummy unwrapping"
The collaboration will connect undergraduates and graduate students in Egyptology
By Joseph Zappa
Staff Writer
Brown Daily Herald
Friday, October 25, 2013
A mummy unwrapping party marked the launch of a mentoring partnership between the Egyptology-Ancient West Asian Studies Department Undergraduate Group and the Egyptology department’s graduate students Thursday night.

(Distributed October 29, 2013)
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