Sexual Harassment, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Keeping Fieldwork Safe

Keeping Fieldwork Safe from Sexual Harassment and Physical Violence

At theASOR Annual Meeting, Beth Alpert Nakhai not only chaired the Women at Work: Making One’s Way in the Field of Near Eastern Studies session, but also presented a paper and was a discussant for another […]

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Breaking In: Women’s Representation in Archaeology [VIDEO]

During the Women at Work: Making One’s Way in the Field of Near Eastern Studies session at theASOR Annual Meeting, Valerie Schlegel presented as a discussant. Her presentation, “Breaking In: Women’s […]


Tomb Tracking: A New Burial Survey of Roman Galilee (1st-6th cent. CE)

Eldad Keynan, a native of Israel’s Galilee region, finishes a lunch of hummus and pita on the outskirts of the Christian town of Mailia, and engages in the customary post-prandial coffee with none other than the restaurant owner […]

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Inscribed Statue Bases from Ptolemaic Alexandria

In spite of the fact that most of the ancient Alexandrian sculptures have been lost due to several factors, the Alexandrian soil has still yielded a considerable number of statue bases, which were discovered scattered in different parts of the city. B. Tkaczow, […]

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“Syrian Heritage Initiative a Natural Fit for ASOR,” Featuring Dr. Susan Ackerman

Last year ASOR had two firsts - our first female president, and a $600,000 cooperative agreement with the Department of State. At theASOR Annual Meeting, I sat down with ASOR President […]

BASOR Podcast

FOA Podcast, “A Look Inside BASOR,” Featuring Professors Rollston and Cline

In this episode of the Friends of ASOR podcast, we go behind the scenes for an inside look at the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR). We’re talking with […]

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Cursing in the Ancient Near East

All families fight and sometimes what sound like harsh words are used. But what is really meant when someone asks their deity to “inflict a curse and evil”? In the ancient Near East curses and blessings were a fundamental […]


2014 ASOR Annual Meeting Plenary Address: Jason Ur [VIDEO]

TheASOR Annual Meeting was held in sunny San Diego this year. It was a nice break for the staff from the encroaching cold weather in Boston. The meeting had many great events […]


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Karak Resources Project:Excavation at Mudaybi, Jordan

By: J. Dwayne Howell, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Campbellsville University Mudaybi, Jordan is an Iron Age II fortification located on the Fajj al-Usaykir on the Karak plateau.  It is being excavated by the Karak Resources Project, under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Mattingly (Johnson University). The project began in 1995 and there have been […]


Architecture and Archaeology: What an Architect Does Among Archaeologists

At theASOR Annual Meeting, Pedro Azara, of Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, presented his paper. His paper, “Architecture and Archaeology: What an Architect…

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The “Women in Archaeology” Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania

By: Dr. Yoko Nishimura, Mellon Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow Despite the rainy weather on March 29, our one-day symposium on “Women in Archaeology” was well-attended and was carried out with a great success at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Endowed with generous funds and kind supports from a number of institutions at […]


Friends of ASOR Podcast: “Noah,” Featuring Dr. Marvin Sweeney

**WARNING THIS PODCAST CONTAINS SPOILERS** Listen to Dr. Marvin Sweeney talk about Noah (yes, the one who built an ark).  We asked him about his reactions to the movie released this past weekend, as well as biblical and ancient Near Eastern descriptions of Noah. Dr. Sweeney is a professor of Religion at the Claremont School of Theology […]


“Cultural Heritage Protection in Zones of Armed Conflict: Lessons Learned and Future Strategies” with C. Brian Rose (Video)

ASOR is delighted to have the opportunity to share a video of the Plenary Address given at ourAnnual Meeting by C. Brian Rose. The video can be found at the bottom of this post. Rose is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, a past president of the […]

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Landscapes of the Dead

Landscapes of the Dead: Aerial and Pedestrian Site Monitoring at Fifa, an Early Bronze Age Cemetery on the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan By: Morag M. Kersel, Department of Anthropology, DePaul University The primary objective of the Landscapes of the Dead Research Project is to assess (through aerial photography and a pedestrian survey) the Early Bronze […]


Greek Architecture and the Near East

Philip Sapirstein, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research I have pursued several projects this year during my time as an NEH Fellow at the Albright. As a specialist in the architecture of ancient Greece, I came to the Albright to examine […]