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Research at Dumbarton Oaks

  • Pre-Columbian Symposium

  • Informal discussion

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute of Harvard University that exists to further and publish research in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Residential fellowships for an academic year, semester, or summer are awarded in all three areas of study to scholars from around the world. In addition, Dumbarton Oaks offers one-month non-residential awards to researchers and short-term predoctoral residencies to advanced graduate students.

Each of the three programs of study supports and disseminates research in its relevant fields through an annual symposium; a program of public lectures, informal talks, and colloquia; and publications.

A program of project grants primarily supports archaeological research, as well as materials analysis and photographic surveys of objects and monuments. Long-term research projects at Dumbarton Oaks include the digitization of the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives and the online publication of our Byzantine seals and coins collections.

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