Summer is coming to an end, and students and teachers are getting back into the groove of the classroom. So, we thought we’d answer that age-old question, “What did you do this summer?” with a look back at the five most popular blog posts on the ASOR Blog.
We had a lot of really great authors contribute to our blog over the last few months. Now the “votes” are in–here are the most clicked on and viewed articles on the ASOR Blog from this summer …
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Discovery of a New Monumental Structure at Petra, Jordan, Using WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery
TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak and CAORC Executive Director Christopher Tuttle made headlines this summer with their BASOR article on the discovery of a new monumental structure at Petra, Jordan. Their article describes the discovery and mapping of a large monumental structure at Petra, Jordan, using Google Earth, WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, and drones. Become a Friend of ASOR for free to download and read the full BASOR article.
In the August issue of the Ancient Near East Today, Jeremy Smoak discussed Numbers 6:22-27. The passage instructs the sons of Aaron to recite the blessing to the Israelites. The blessing, associated with the Israelite priesthood, is referred to by both Jewish and Christian traditions as the “priestly blessing.” With the discovery of Iron Age inscriptions from the regions of Syria and Palestine, our knowledge of the background and early function of the blessing is starting to grow.
In the June edition of the Ancient Near East Today, Erika Marsal wrote about the history of Sumerology. Sumerology is the study of the language of southern Mesopotamia during the 3rd millennium BCE. Marsal admits that the study of the Sumerian language has been the subject of long debate, and gaining a complete understanding of the Sumerian language is an exciting and unfinished task. Marsal concludes that the mysteries of Sumer are directly tied to the Sumerian language.
July’s Ancient Near East Today fed us a big bowl of ancient Israel. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott explored the question of what ancient Israelites ate and how they cooked. With the Hebrew Bible focusing more on kosher dietary laws and less on the daily cooking and meals peopled liked, Shafer-Elliott turned to other sources to understand the daily preparation and consumption of food in Iron Age Israel.
Felix Höflmayer gave us a sneak peek into the article he coauthored in BASOR no. 375. The preliminary results presented in this article challenge the current picture of the Middle Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean. Höflmayer presents new radiocarbon dating evidence for the Middle Bronze Age site of Tell el-Burak, where archaeologists discovered a type of pottery in the layers of the mud-brick building that suggests an absolute date. Höflmayer says more data is needed to corroborate the preliminary conclusions outlined in the article by him and his colleagues. He co-wrote the article with Jens Kamlah, Hélène Sader, Michael W. Dee, Walter Kutschera, Eva Maria Wild and Simone Riehl.
There you have it, the five most popular articles from the ASOR Blog this summer. Did your favorite post make the list? If not, let us know what your favorite article was, and while you’re commenting, let us know what kind of posts you want to see more of this year!
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