Celebrating James Kinnier Wilson’s 100th Birthday

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By Professor Nicholas Postgate, Trinity College, Cambridge On the evening of 26 November the Trust hosted an unusual event, to celebrate the 100th birthday of James V. Kinnier Wilson, a frequent attendee at the Friday Lectures. At Exeter College Oxford, after wartime service on the North-West frontier and in Burma, James studied Akkadian and Hebrew at the feet of Oliver Gurney and Godfrey Driver, with an M Litt in 1950, and his path then took him via Durham, Chicago and Toronto to the Akkadian teaching post at Cambridge in 1955. …

Remembering Professor Minoru Hara (1930–2021)

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By Nicholas Sims-Williams, Chair of the Trust The AIIT is sad to announce the death of our distinguished Honorary Fellow Professor Minoru Hara (原 實) on 1st November 2021 at the age of 91. A specialist in Sanskrit and Buddhist studies, he took his PhD at Harvard and later taught at Tokyo University, becoming Professor of Sanskrit in 1975. Amongst many honours, he was an elected member of the Japanese and Swedish Academies, as well as being honoured by the Government of India with the award of the Padma Bhushan. …

AIIT Newsletter INDIRAN Winter 2021

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The latest issue of our newsletter focuses on recent activities at the Trust. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for news items or stories you would like to see in future editions. To view, click here: Indiran 15

Recent Library Acquisitions: Journals

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Recent acquisitions to the AIIT library include several new issues of journals to add to our exisiting holdings. Although not currently accessible in the library, many of these journals latest issues are available in electronic form. Afghanistan : Volume 3, Issue 2, October 2020 –  journal of The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, dedicated to the cross-cultural study of Afghanistan and its surrounding regions, delving into its rich history from a wide variety of humanities-focused angles. The journal covers all subjects in the humanities including: history, art, archaeology, architecture, geography, …

7th Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology: an online success

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By Alessandro Ceccarelli and Cameron Petrie On Saturday 5 December 2020, the first ever online version of the Allchin Symposium was hosted in Cambridge. In keeping with the tradition of the event, scholars at various stages of their careers, usually based in the UK, presented their papers in front of an audience of their peers, but the new online format made it possible to diversify both the speakers and the audience. Rather than a limit imposed by the size of a room at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, hundreds …