Martha Sharp Joukowsky

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Martha Sharp Joukowsky
Martha Content Sharp

2 September 1936
Academic background
Alma materPembroke College, Brown University
Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Academic work
Sub-disciplineNear Eastern archaeology
InstitutionsBrown University
Archaeological Institute of America
Main interestsExcavations at Petra in Jordan

Martha Sharp Joukowsky (born 2 September 1936) is a Near Eastern archaeologist and a retired member of the faculty of Brown University known for her fieldwork at the ancient site of Petra in Jordan.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Martha Sharp Joukowsky is the daughter of Waitstill Hastings Sharp and Martha Ingham Dickie, noted for aiding Jews escaping Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia during World War II. Joukowsky was educated at Pembroke College (B.A. 1958) and Paris I-Sorbonne (Ph.D. 1982).

Elephant head capital from the Great Temple, Petra

Academic career[edit]

From 1982 to 2002 Joukowsky was Professor in the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art and the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. Her archaeological fieldwork has included work in Lebanon (1967-1972), Hong Kong (1972-1973), Turkey (1975-1986), Italy (1982-1985), and Greece (1987-1990). Joukowsky conducted archaeological fieldwork at Petra in Jordan for more than ten years, beginning in 1992.[3] Her work, and that of Brown University, focused on Petra's so-called "Great Temple" during that time.[4]

Martha Sharp Joukowsky was also elected as President (1989-1993) of the Archaeological Institute of America and was Trustee for the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.[5] She also serves as Trustee Emerita of Brown University.

Personal life[edit]

Artemis A. W. Joukowsky, her husband, was chancellor of Brown University (1997–98)[6] and together they created the Artemis A.W. and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in 2004; the institute was first directed by Susan Alcock,[7] who was succeeded in the post by Peter van Dommelen.


In 1993 Joukowsky endowed an annual lecture series in her own name for the Archaeological Institute of America[8]

She accepted the Yad Vashem award on behalf of her parents in 2006.[9]

Selected publications[edit]

  1. 1980. A complete manual of field archaeology: tools and techniques of field work for archaeologists. Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Prentice-Hall.
  2. 1988. The young archaeologist in the oldest port city in the world. Beirut: Dar el-Machreq.
  3. 1996a. Early Turkey: an introduction to the archaeology of Anatolia from prehistory through the Lydian period. Dubuque (IA): Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.
  4. 1996b. Prehistoric Aphrodisias: an account of the excavations and artifact studies. Providence (RI): Brown University, Center for Old World Archaeology and Art.
  5. 1998. Petra Great Temple: Brown University excavations, 1993-1997. Providence (RI): Brown University Petra Exploration Fund.
  6. Cohen, G. & M.S. Joukowsky. (ed.) 2004. Breaking ground: pioneering women archaeologists. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  7. 2007. Petra Great Temple, Volume II: archaeological contexts of the remains and excavations. Providence (RI): Brown University Petra Exploration Fund.


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  2. ^ Susan E. Alcock. "Joukowsky, Martha Sharp." Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (2014), pp. 4221-4222.
  3. ^ Martha Sharp Joukowsky (2002). Petra: A Royal City Unearthed. American Schools of Oriental Research.
  4. ^ Martha Sharp Joukowsky (1998). Petra Great Temple Volume I: Brown University Excavations 1993-1997. M. Joukowsky. ISBN 978-0-9668024-0-5.
  5. ^ American University of Beirut - Martha S. Joukowsky
  6. ^ JOUKOWSKY, ARTEMIS A. W. (B. 1930) Role: Chancellor Dates: 1997 - 1998 Portrait Location: Sayles Hall 108 Artist: Prosperi, Lucia and Warren () Portrait Date: 1996 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 54" h x 39 3/4" w Framed Dimensions: Brown Portrait Number: 253 Brown Historical Property Number: 2207
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  8. ^ Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lectureships
  9. ^ Congressional Record Volume 152-Part 13. Government Printing Office. pp. 168–. GGKEY:PSY0CXEP510.

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