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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Apr 25, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019

Keys to the Empire: Wari Religion and Politics in City and Country

Pre-Columbian Studies Public Lecture, Anita G. Cook
May 01, 2019 - May 01, 2019

From the Fall of Rome to Byzantium: New Light from DNA, Ice Cores, and Harvard’s Science of the Human Past

Byzantine Studies Public Lecture, Michael McCormick
May 03, 2019 - May 04, 2019

Landscape, Sport, Environment: The Spaces of Sport from the Early Modern Period to Today

Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, Sonja Dümpelmann, Symposiarch



Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship 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.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Grants Library & Archives Publications




Online Resources


Angkor Reenvisioned

Sarah Klassen uses high-tech tools to analyze medieval Cambodian landscapes

Romancing the Virgin

Annemarie Weyl Carr tracks Mary’s journey from Byzantine hymns to romantic knights