Fostering scholarship and research that leads to an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of civilizations in the ancient world.

Featured Grant:  The New Vani Archaeological Museum 

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University aims to encourage the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations. ISAW offers doctoral and postdoctoral programs, exhibitions, and other public programs.

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The Lod Mosaic

The Foundation supported the excavation and conservation of this extraordinary archaeological find, dated to A.D. 300, discovered in Lod, Israel in 1996. It will be housed on its original site in The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center.

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Vani Archaeological Museum

The Leon Levy Foundation provided support for the renovation of the new Vani Archaeological Museum, part of the Georgian National Museum. Built as the first archaeological museum in Georgia, the new venue has been equipped with modern amenities and will operate as a significant cultural and educational hub that will house exhibitions and host scientific conferences and educational events.

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Harvard University

White Levy Program for Archaeological Publications

The White Levy Program supports research on terminated, unpublished archaeological field work from significant sites in the Aegean, Anatolia, Balkans, Egypt, Iranian Plateau, Levant, Mesopotamia, Nubia, and Sudan. Since its inception in 1997, over $13 million in grants have been awarded.

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National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel

Opened in 2016 and designed by Moshe Safdie, the National Campus, including the Leon Levy and Shelby White Center for State Treasures, brings together nearly two million archaeological objects that collectively represent the cultural heritage of Israel.

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From 1985-2016, Leon Levy and then the Foundation financed the excavation of the ancient seaport of Ashkelon, which brought to light hundreds of artifacts. The work of the project is being collected in ten final report volumes published by the Harvard Semitic Museum.

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Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

In partnership with the Freer-Sackler, the Foundation created an “Intercultural Relations of the Ancient World” program, which underwrites exhibitions, supports research and conservation in Ancient Near East art. The grants also supported the cataloguing and digitization of the records of two excavation campaigns of Samarra in Iraq and helped support the creation of an online catalogue of the museum’s ancient Chinese jade collection.

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