Helene J. Kantor

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Helene J. Kantor
Helene Kantor March 1989.jpg
Kantor in 1989
Born 1919 (1919)
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 13, 1993(1993-01-13)
Fields Archeology, art history
Institutions University of Chicago Oriental Institute
Alma mater University of Chicago
Thesis  (1945)
Notable awards Percia Schimmel Archeological Prize

Helene J. Kantor (July 15, 1919 – January 13, 1993) was a Near Eastern Archeologist and Art Historian in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, best known for her work at Chogha Mish from 1961 through 1978.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kantor was born in Chicago in 1919 with amortous congenital myopathy, a rare muscular disease that limited her activity and eventually ended her career. She attended Indiana University and received a B.A. in Zoology and Biology at the age of 19. She earned her Ph.D. in 1945 from the University of Chicago.[1]

Research career[edit]

In 1944, while still a student, Helene published an article entitled "The Final Phase of Predynastic Culture, Gerzean or Semainean" in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. Her most noted work, The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium B.C., was published in 1947.[2] This cross-cultural comparison demonstrated important connections between the artwork of the two civilizations.

Aside from her primary work at Chogha Mish, she saved the site of nearby Chogha Bonut from destruction by modern development and conducted two seasons of investigation there in 1976/77 and 1977/78.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b Williams, Bruce (1993). "Helene J. Kantor (1919-1993)". Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. 30: ix–xi. JSTOR 40000222. 
  2. ^ Kantor, Helene (1947). The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium B.C. Bloomington, IN: Principia Press. 
  3. ^ Alizadeh, Abbas. EXCAVATIONS AT CHOGHA BONUT: THE EARLIEST VILLAGE IN SUSIANA, IRAN, The Oriental Institute News and Notes, No. 153, Spring 1997
  4. ^ "The Helene J Kantor Memorial Lecture". Archeological Institute of America. Retrieved 11 October 2013.