Saturday, December 02, 2006

Burkholder Near East research documents to be available at Binghamton University

Materials compiled by the late Grace Burkholder, a teacher and amateur archaeologist, will soon be available to researchers through Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections.

Grace Burkholder became famous in the field of Near Eastern archaeology for discoveries she made while serving as a teacher in ARAMCO oil camps during the 1950s and ?60s in Saudi Arabia. She found pottery from the fifth millennium B.C. that proved Mesopotamian Ubaid culture extended farther into the Arabian desert than had been known, Professor Reinhard Bernbeck said.

The materials donated to Special Collections include maps, drawings, letters, books, photographs and slides. Bernbeck?s lab is serving as a staging area while the materials are catalogued and examined.