American Univesity of Beirut

AUB mourns Trustee Emerita Martha Joukowsky

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safa Jafari Safa, Office of Communications,​

The AUB community mourns the loss of Trustee Emerita Martha Sharp Joukowsky (MA '72), an expert and a trailblazer in the discipline of archaeology.

A veteran of more than 42 years of archaeological field work, Martha Joukowsky was a leading field archaeologist who dedicated her life to exploring the Middle East and beyond. She was a champion of archaeological methodology, a revered academic, a mentor, and a role model for scholars in archaeology.

She excavated in countries including Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, and notably, the Great Temple in Petra, where she directed the Brown University excavations from 1993. She commanded huge excavation teams of students and workers well into her seventies and inspired generations of students with the highest academic and professional standards.

Before receiving her master's degree in archaeology from AUB in 1972, Martha was educated at Brown's Pembroke College, where she met and married Artemis Joukowsky in 1956; and received her BA in 1958. She received her PhD from Paris-Sorbonne University in 1982.

She served as professor at Brown University's Center for Old World Archaeology and Art and the Department of Anthropology from 1982. She was also elected as president of the Archaeology Institute of America between 1989 and 1993 and was vice-president of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Joukowsky became AUB trustee emerita in 2010 and was a trustee before that from 1987. She was also trustee emerita of Brown University and a professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology's Center for Old World Archaeology and Art, and the Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient World.

With her husband Artemis whom she survived by slightly over a year, Martha was a generous supporter of AUB and its Archaeological Museum for many years. She gifted AUB several endowed, unrestricted, and scholarship funds, including the Joukowsky Endowed Fund which allowed for the complete renovation of the museum. She gave her memorable inaugural speech in 2006.

Martha Sharp Joukowsky is the recipient of several honorary degrees and awards, including an honorary doctorate bestowed by Brown University in 1985. She was recognized by the World Monuments Fund and the National Science Foundation, and received Brown University's President's and Rosenberger Medals and the King Hussein Gold Medal from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Joukowsky published over 250 articles and 10 books, and was a distinguished speaker at seminars and lectures around the world. ​

​​She is survived by her children Artemis Joukowsky III, Michael Joukowsky, and Nina Joukowsky Koprulu, who serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Community School in Beirut.

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