Ancient Near Eastern Studies Collection Library Subject Collection uri icon

subject description and guidelines

  • Cornell University Library maintains a strong research collection covering all aspects of the cultures and civilizations of the ancient Near East: archaeology, epigraphy, language and literature, religion, government, economic and social conditions, etc. General chronological boundaries reach from the Bronze Age to the rise of Islam. Geographically, the scope of the collection extends to Mesopotamia, Persia, Asia Minor, Syria/Palestine, Arabia, Egypt/Sudan and North Africa. In response to emerging interest in multiple Cornell departments, the Library is giving special attention to materials on the South Caucasus in the context of ancient Near Eastern studies.


  • The primary users of materials in the collection are Cornell faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and visiting scholars in Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, History, History of Art, and Near Eastern Studies. The graduate field of History of Art, Archaeology, and Visual Studies offers a Ph.D. program in the History of Art and Archaeology; the concentration in Archaeology emphasizes Ancient, Near Eastern, Classical, and Southeast Asian art.