Date of Award

December 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Bettina Arnold

Committee Members

Jason Sherman, Carter Lupton


Archaeology, Institutional Memory, Milwaukee Public Museum, Museum, Syria, Tell Hadidi


Destruction of ancient sites along the Euphrates River in northern Syria due to the construction of the Tabqa Dam resulted in excavations conducted between 1974 and 1978 by the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) at the site of Tell Hadidi, Syria, by Rudolph Dornemann. The hundreds of thousands of artifacts at the MPM have never been completely published. This preliminary analysis presents an inventory and analysis of the 941 metal artifacts as well as new archival information about the Tell Hadidi/ Euphrates Valley Expedition, whose publication has recently become critical, in order to make the material more useful for future research.