Joukowsky Family Foundation Establishes Archaeology Endowed Chair at Boston University

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December 7th, 2006

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(Boston) – Boston University today announced that The Joukowsky Family Foundation has endowed a chair in the University’s Department of Archaeology honoring James R. Wiseman, founder (along with the late Professor Creighton Gabel) and former chairman of the department. Established in 1981 by Artemis and Martha Joukowsky, the New York City-based Joukowsky Family Foundation is a private charitable organization focused on giving to education. The foundation also supports a wide range of cultural, social, archaeological, and historical activities.

The gift was announced at a reception held in November hosted by Jeffrey Henderson, dean of Boston University’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At the reception, Wiseman was installed in the Founder’s Chair, which will be renamed for him when he retires.

Wiseman’s contributions have benefited both Boston University and the field of archaeology, Henderson said. “Jim’s vision led to the establishment, in 1982, of America’s first, and still only, Department of Archaeology, where archaeologists define their own approaches instead of being part of an ancillary discipline attached to anthropology, classics, art history, or history. Through the department’s teaching, scholarship, publications, and outreach, Boston University has become a premier venue for archaeology in America.”

“The Founder’s Chair is a timely celebration of our department’s quarter-centenary, which we celebrate in 2007,” said Norman Hammond, professor and chairman of the Department of Archaeology. “As our first endowed Chair, it symbolizes our continuing growth and vitality, and is a notable tribute to one of our most distinguished faculty. Jim Wiseman has been internationally honored for his role in establishing archaeology as an intellectually distinct academic discipline in the United States, and the Joukowsky Family Foundation has now allowed Boston University to honor him here as well.”

Artemis A. W. Joukowsky is chancellor emeritus at Brown University, a member of its Board of Fellows, and president emeritus of its Sports Foundation. He is chairman of the board of the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan and a former trustee of the King Hussein Foundation and the Archaeology Institute of America (AIA), the country’s leading archaeology organization. He has worked alongside his wife, Martha Sharp Joukowsky, in various archaeological undertakings, especially at Petra in Jordan.

Martha Sharp Joukowsky is professor emerita and former director of the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art, professor emerita of anthropology, and trustee emerita at Brown University. She has been a trustee at the American University of Beirut since 1987 and was president of the AIA from 1989 – 1993. A lauded expert in her field, she has conducted excavations in Lebanon, Hong Kong, Turkey, Italy and Greece, and for the last 10 years at Petra. She is author of 10 books including one for children.

Wiseman is a Boston University professor of archaeology and of art history and classics. He co-founded BU’s Department of Archaeology in 1982 and served as its chairman from 1982 – 1996 and chairman of BU’s Classical Studies Department from 1974 – 1982. He was founding editor of the Journal of Field Archaeology, published at BU, and its editor-in-chief from 1974 – 1985. He was president of the AIA from 1985 – 1988 and as a contributing editor to Archaeology magazine, published a regular column for six years. He is author, editor, or co-editor of nine books and author or co-author of more than 200 articles, and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquities of London, the world’s premier archaeological society.

Wiseman’s primary research interests are in the archaeology of the Roman provinces, trade and the economy during the Roman Empire, the archaeology of Greek and Roman religion, town and countryside in classical antiquity, late antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean, and the application of scientific methods and techniques in archaeology, especially remote sensing. He has directed excavations in Corinth, Greece, and Stobi (Yugoslavian), Macedonia, and an interdisciplinary survey in southern Epirus, Greece, and is currently co-director of excavations at an iron-age site on Menorca, Spain, where he is co-director of BU’s Field School in Archaeology.

BU’s internationally recognized Department of Archaeology, part of the university’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is the only such department in the country. Academic programs cover prehistoric and historic world archaeology and provide education and training in the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological materials while ensuring training in related fields such as classics, art history, anthropology, and history. Degree programs in the department also include classroom and practical training in biological and physical sciences and in quantitative methods.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes, which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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