Oriental Institute
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Oriental Institute
Organisation Name: Oriental Institute
Established Year: 1919
Place of Location: Chicago
Country: United States
Mail ID: gstein@uchicago.edu
Contact Number: (773) 702-9514

  • The Oriental Institute (OI), founded in 1919, is the University of Chicago's archeology museum and research center for ancient Near Eastern studies.
  • Even given boundless resources and similar archeological discoveries, a collection similar to the Institute's treasures could not be assembled today, since Middle Eastern governments no longer allow foreign archeologists to take home half of what they find.
  • This had been the classic arrangement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when most of the holdings were excavated, until the 1930s, when new antiquities laws were instituted.