The German Emperor Wilhelm II 1898 in Baalbek. Postcard, Collection Wolf-Dieter Lemke, Berlin.

Recovering Assur

From the German Excavations of 1903-1914 to today’s Assur Project in Berlin
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By: Friedhelm Pedde

Exactly one hundred years ago, … Read more

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Arch of Titus.

What did Jewish Priests Wear?

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By: Joan E. Taylor

In antiquity, as today, ritual experts of various kinds were distinguished by dress that marked them … Read more

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Code of Hammurabi

Cursing in the Ancient Near East

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By: Anne Marie Kitz

All families fight and sometimes what sound like harsh words are used. But what is … Read more

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Ur III list of barley rations to adults and children.

Children in the Ancient Near East

Nov2014_ANET_BannerBy: Kristine Garroway

Why have children been such a neglected issue in ancient Near Eastern studies, both from the Read more

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The Early Bronze Age I Site and Necropolis of Jebel al-Mutawwaq, Jordan

ANET_Oct2014_BannerBy: Andrea Polcaro and Juan Muniz

Much of the archaeological landscape of the ancient Near East is rapidly disappearing. This … Read more

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Baal cycle tablet, Louvre Museum

The Current State of Ugaritic Studies

ANET_Oct2014_BannerBy: Gregorio del Olmo Lete 

No other language and culture of Northwest Semitic – the family of languages and cultures … Read more

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“Une figurine d’envoûtement paléo-babylonienne,” Beiträge zur Altorientalischen Archäologie und Altertumskunde. Festschrift für Barthel Hrouda zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. P. Calmeyer et al., Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 1994, 97–101, XIII.

Witchcraft in Ancient Mesopotamia

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By: Daniel Schwemer

Belief in witches was as widespread in Mesopotamia as it was in Europe. Incantation and ritual texts … Read more

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“Gilgamesh: Civilization vs. Natural World,” Featuring J.J.M. Roberts

In this episode, ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe spoke with Jimmy Jack McBee Roberts (J. J. … Read more

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BM 128852: an Achaemenid period stamp seal (4th cent. BC) © Trustees of the British Museum. My thanks to C.B.F. Walker for drawing my attention to this unpublished seal.

Psychedelics and the Ancient Near East

By: Diana L. Stein

As courts today debate whether to legalize or regulate the use of drugs like cannabis, it … Read more

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The Challenges of Rebuilding an Archaeological Program in Post-Revolutionary Iran

By: Abbas Alizadeh, Senior Research Associate, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Iran is one of the most important … Read more

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William Foxwell Albright (1891-1971) of Johns Hopkins University.

The State of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in America

By: Mark S. Smith

I thank ANE Today for asking me to address this question. The perspective on the state … Read more

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Petrographic microscopes and stereoscopes. All photos courtesy Kamal Badreshany.

Taking a Closer Look at the Past: the Microanalysis of Ceramic Artifacts in Archaeology Today

By: Kamal Badreshany, CRANE Post-doctoral Fellow, Durham University

Petrographic microscopes and stereoscopes. All photos courtesy Kamal Badreshany.

Petrographic microscopes and stereoscopes. All photos courtesy Kamal Badreshany.

When you walk … Read more

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Figure 1. Shrine of Hussein within the Great (Umayyad) Mosque, Damascus (Photo copyright 2005 Frederik Questier and Yanna Van Wesemael)

Hussein’s Head and Importance of Cultural Heritage

By: Michael Press, Research Fellow at the Center of Advanced Spatial Technologies
University of Arkansas

Figure 1. Shrine of Hussein within the Great (Umayyad) Mosque, Damascus (Photo copyright 2005 Frederik Questier and Yanna Van Wesemael)

Figure 1. Shrine of Hussein

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Ask an Archaeologist: Semitic Museum at Harvard with Joe Greene

For this episode, Ask An Archaeologist journeyed across the Charles River to the Semitic Museum at Harvard to speak to … Read more

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Digging through Data at the Oriental Institute

By: Scott Branting, Jack Green, and Foy Scalf

Think back to the time when you last visited a library and … Read more

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Tel Hazor Ninth and Eighth Centuries B.C.E. Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery:  Here’s a gallery of all the images that appear in Near Eastern Archaeology 76.2 (2013) for Hazor in … Read more

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