The Collection of the objects from the USA museums in DASI gathers the South Arabian antiquities housed in USA museums and private collections.
In June 2012 a group of researchers from DASI project worked in four museums, in some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in the USA. These are the Semitic and Peabody Museums of the Harvard University, The Babylonian Collection of the Department of Near Eastern Civilizations of the Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.
The total of objects photographed and catalogued amounts to 116 inscribed and non-inscribed artefacts.
This is the collection home page. You can begin the consultation of the whole collection by using the indexes and tools menu on the left or you can consult only one of its sub-collection, when present, by choosing from the list below.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is among the oldest ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections about human cultural history found anywhere. It was established by the philanthropist George Peabody in 1866. Thanks to gifts, fieldwork, and purchases, today it houses about 1.2 million individual objects, consisting of archaeological and ethnographic findings, paintings, drawings, prints and photographs.
The Harvard Semitic Museum is closely related to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Center for Jewish Studies, being also located within the same building. It was founded in 1889, its Near Eastern artifacts (over 40,000) deriving mostly from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia.
The Babylonian Collection is an independent branch in the Yale University. It originated from a gift of J. Pierpont Morgan in 1909. It includes the largest assemblage of cuneiform inscriptions of the world and is one of the five largest in the United States as regards documents, seals, and other artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia. In addition, the Yale Babylonian Collection houses a small selection of South Arabian antiquities.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collections are the result of more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions conducted around the world since it foundation in 1887.