The Ingolt lecture was generously endowed by former AIA trustee George M. Milne, Jr. and his wife, Carol T. Milne, to honor the memory of Professor Harald Ingholt and his contributions to Middle Eastern archaeology.
Harald Ingholt (1896–1985) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He earned a degree in theology and a Doctor of Philosophy from Copenhagen University. He also studied archaeology at Princeton University, the Ecole de Louvre and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
He was Associate Curator of the Ny Carslberg Glyptotek (1926–1930) and Secretary of the NY Calsberg Foundation (1927–1930), both in Copenhagen. From 1931 to 1938 Dr. Ingholt directed excavations at Hama (Hamath), Syria, while serving as Lecturer in Archaeology at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). During that period, he founded the journal Berythus, which he edited from 1934 until 1959.
He taught at Aarhus University and Yale University (1942–1964), from which he retired as Professor Emeritus of Archaeology. He authored many publications with topics ranging from archaeological research in Palmyra, Hama, and Syria to studies in Ganharan Buddhist sculpture. He was honored as a Chevalier of the French Academy for his contributions to archaeology.
Throughout his life, Ingholt made a lasting impression for the time he took from his scholarship to be a fine and interested friend to Dr. and Mrs. Milne.
The Ingholt Lecturer will be chosen by the AIA Lecture Program Committee annually. The lecture may be given at any AIA local society in good standing.