In our final podcast introducing the Syrian Heritage Initiative, we spoke with former Cultural Heritage Specialist, Kurt Prescott about an important aspect of the Syrian Heritage Initiative … the bibliography. While it may not be as flashy as conservation, maps, or networking by using social media, the bibliography plays a vital role in the initiative. Mr. Prescott does a wonderful job of explaining both what the bibliography is and why it’s needed.
The Syrian Heritage Initiative is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and ASOR.
Prior to accepting a teaching position at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Mr. Prescott served as a Cultural Heritage Specialist for the Syrian Heritage Initiative. He provided logistical and research support for ASOR’s initiative. Mr. Prescott graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an M.T.S. in Comparative Studies, where his work focused on the religious traditions of both the ancient Near East and ancient Mesoamerica, among others. He is particularly interested in the manner in which people experienced sacred space in the ancient world, as well as how space was conceptualized in the afterlife. Kurt also received his A.B. in Anthropology and Religion from Dartmouth College, where he wrote his senior honors thesis on ancient Israelite sacred space and excavated at Tel Hazor under the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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