Twitter Recap: #ASOR15 ASOR Annual Meeting Tweets

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Quarry near Elephantine.

Crime and Punishment in Pharaonic Egypt

In ancient Egypt crimes are acts are against other persons or the state. Punishments are official, not private sanctions against persons who committed crimes. The term for “crime” is bt3. A capital crime is bt3 ‘3 (n mwt), “great crime” (worthy of death) […]


Twitter Recap: Protecting Our Shared Heritage in Syria— International Summit to Promote Collaboration

On Friday, December 11 there was a free and open to the public symposium at the National Geographic Society Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. The symposium […]

Qyzqapan 6-7th century B.C., Iraq. All images courtesy of Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University. All rights reserved.

Preserving the Past: the Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments Project

Iraq became accessible once again for archaeologists, and documentation with a possibility for future conservation could begin. It was with this in mind that the idea of the project Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments […]

Rock cut pool for keeping murex shells intended for the purple dye industry in Shiqmona (E.G.).

Israel’s Marine Archaeology Treasures – An Endangered Cultural Resource

Legal mechanisms must be used to control coastal development, assure integrated coastal zone management, establish sustainable development and protect the marine cultural resources. National and regional master […]

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2015 ASOR Annual Meeting Presentations [VIDEO]

At theASOR Annual Meeting, several of our members graciously volunteered to have their presentations recorded for ASORtv. Some presenters met with our Digital Media Specialist to read their papers, and some volunteers were recorded in session […]

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Resources on the Cultural Crisis in the Near East

The scale of the human crisis in Syria has expanded and now involves Europe. Damage to archaeological and heritage sites also continues at an alarming rate. We present here a series of new and important links discussing the ongoing cultural disaster […]


(Very) Long Distant Trade – Egyptian, Mesopotamia and Denmark in the Late Bronze Age

Archaeologists frequently talk about ‘long distance trade.’ But sometimes those distances are very long. Denmark can be proposed as the most distant area that received such beads, […]

The Alalakh Archaeopark.

New Excavations in the Plain of Antioch

The vibrant Bronze Age city of Alalakh on the Plain of Antioch may not have been among the largest cities of the ancient Near East, but its strategic importance and unique character made it a star. Ongoing excavations and research directed by K. Aslıhan […]

Figure 7- Ground penetrating radar  sub-surface mapping of the Kahal Shalom Synagogue, Rhodes

Between Ancient Rhodes and Israel: Comparing Literary and Material Cultures

The project to understand the interaction between Rhodes and Israel and more specifically with Bethsaida, began with our assessment of Bethsaida as a Galillean site located between […]


Can you answer these 10 questions about Ur?


King Tut - What We Do and Don’t Know With Marianne Eaton-Krauss [Podcast]

In this installment of the Friends of ASOR podcast, I met with Egyptologist and author, Marianne Eaton-Krauss, to discuss King Tut and her upcoming book, The Unknown Tutankhamun — available mid-December […]


Introducing the Lanier Theological Library

Gertrude Bell, Cappadocian Fathers, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Nuzi tablets, Dead Sea Scroll fragments, Moshe Goshen-Gottstein, and William Hallo have in common? They have all found a home, of sorts, at the Lanier Theological Library […]


A Call for the Preservation of Heritage Landscapes in the United Arab Emirates

By that time, I had lived in the United Arab Emirates for fourteen years and had forced busloads of Emirati university students to various archaeological sites and abandoned villages – an experience that probably […]

Fig. 6: Fragment of the 5th tablet of the “Song of Release”, published in H. Otten & Ch. Rüster, Keilschrifttexte aus Boğazköy vol. 32, text no. 15. The tablet is bilingual: on the left there is the column with the Hurrian text, on the right the column with the Hittite translation;

Narrative Literature of Hurrian Origin: Moving Treasures from the Ancient Near East

The ancient definition Hittite scribes employed to classify literary compositions of Hurrian origin was the Sumerian logogram ŠÌR “song”. It is not clear whether they actually were sung, but […]