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The Semitic Museum at Harvard Universitymarker was founded in 1889, and moved into its present location at 6 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusettsmarker in 1903.

From the beginning, it was the home of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, a departmental library, a repository for research collections, a public educational institute, and a center for archaeological exploration. Among the Museum's early achievements were the first scientific excavations in the Holy Land (at Samariamarker in 1907-1912) and excavations at Nuzimarker and Tell el-Khaleifeh in the Sinaimarker, where the earliest alphabet was found.

The Museum's artifacts include pottery, cylinder seals, sculpture, coins and cuneiform tablet. Many are from museum-sponsored excavations in Israelmarker, Jordanmarker, Iraqmarker, Egyptmarker, Cyprusmarker, and Tunisiamarker. The museum holds a replica of the Merneptah stele. The Museum is dedicated to the use of these collections for the teaching, research, and publication of Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture.

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