A Bibliography that Matters

In our final podcast introducing the Syrian Heritage Initiative, we’re speaking 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 […]


Conservation and Heritage Preservation of the Syrian Heritage Initiative

In continuing our discussion on the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and ASOR, known as the Syrian Heritage Initiative, we’re discussing the preservation projects of the initiative […]


7 Things You Should Know About ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative

Beginning August 4, 2014, the American Schools of Oriental Research entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State to monitor, document, and report on cultural heritage damage in Syria.


Artifacts of Unknown Origin: A Conservation Perspective

In the above video, trained conservator and ASOR Manager of Programs and Events LeeAnn Barnes Gordon gives her 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting paper, “Artifacts of Unknown Origin: A Conservation Perspective.” A primary objective of archaeological conservation is the preservation of archaeological materials for the future. Conservation activities may sometimes play an integral role in the acquisition, authentication, […]


Friends of ASOR Podcast: “Archaeological Conservation,” Featuring LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

In this episode of the Friends of ASOR podcast, we’re talking with certified art conservator LeeAnn Barnes Gordon about the importance of archaeological conservation and how you could become a conservator. In the interview LeeAnn Gordon mentions that international professional organizations for conservation began in the 1960’s and 70’s, but what she meant to say […]


Archaeological Conservation at ASOR

Author: LeeAnn Barnes Gordon For the past two years, my colleague, Suzanne Davis, Associate Curator and Head of Conservation for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and I have organized a session at the ASOR Annual Meeting on the topic of archaeological conservation. We were quite pleased that our session, Conservation […]


The Gordion Furniture Project

By: Krysia Spirydowicz, Associate Professor, Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, CANADA and Senior Conservator, Gordion Furniture Project, Ankara, TURKEY The ancient Phrygian capital of Gordion in central Anatolia was first explored in the early 1950s by a team from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Located approximately 100 km southwest […]

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