Jody Gordon ASOR AM Mini Alexandrias

Mini-Alexandrias or Local Continuity? [VIDEO]

Anyone who has ever been to a conference knows how difficult it can be to eat, let alone fit in all the things you want to do. That’s why we at ASOR are so grateful to all of the volunteers who took time during the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting to meet […]

archaeology podcast Pyla-Koutsopetria I Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town

“Interview with the Author: Pyla-Koutsopetria I,” Featuring William Caraher

In this episode of the Friends of ASOR Podcast, we’re excited to bring you an interview with William Caraher, one of the authors of Pyla-Koutsopetri I: Archaeological Survey of a Ancient Coastal Town. The book […]

Reconstruction of a reed boat used in experimental voyaging (“papyrella”) (Ayia Napa Museum, Cyprus).

Beyond the Sea: New Light on Mediterranean Colonization

Like a sea in continuous motion, Mediterranean communities are constantly changing and adapting through time, while paradoxically maintaining their distinctive character. As an archaeologist studying the earliest […]

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 […]

Map of Assyrian Empire.

When were the Israelites? Understanding Israelite Identity in the Pre-Exilic Period

Scholars have long asked, “Who were the Israelites?” Less frequent is the question, “When were the Israelites?”


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Cyprus Museum. Photo courtesy Thomas Davis.

Cypriot Archaeology and the Great War

By: Thomas Davis, Professor of Archaeology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary “Here’s another little baby Queen Victoria has got, Another little Colony, although she has got a lot. Another little Island, very wet and very hot, Whatever will she do with little Cyprus?” “What shall we do with Cyprus?” E.V.Page, 1879 (Varnava 2009: 285). The weakness of […]

Dr. Nancy Serwint

Women in Archaeology

By: Dr. Nancy Serwint, Associate Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Arizona State University I have always thought that the sandbox of archaeology was big enough for lots of us to play in, and I guess, for the most part, I was never that observant to actually see who was doing the playing.  Having grown […]

Valerie Schlegel at an excavation.

Breaking In: Women’s Representation in Archaeology

By: Valerie Schlegel Undergraduate Judaic Studies Major at The University of Arizona March is Women’s History Month, which highlights the achievements women have made in a variety of disciplines. When thinking about women in the field of archeology, one wonders how often are women found in leadership positions. To answer this question, I have been […]

Gold solidus of Constantius II, with the bust of the emperor wearing military dress and helmet, with a spear and shield. 351–355 CE.

Coins and Plain Wares at Kourion’s Amathous Gate Cemetery

By: Anne Destrooper-Georgiades, Smadar Gabrieli and Michael Given One of the most striking features of the Greco-Roman city of Kourion  on the south coast of Cyprus is the cemetery that lines the road leading up to the Amathous Gate on the south-eastern side of its Acropolis. The tombs range from the Hellenistic to Late Roman period […]


The “Earthquake House” in Cyprus

Erin Daughters, Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Platt Fellowship Recipient  Every day at Kourion, Cyprus, thousands of tourists arrive to see the beautiful mosaics, monumental buildings, baths, and theatre. My little sliver of Kourion, located to the southeast of the major architecture, is less visited. We have a few groups come […]


2013 Platt Fellowship: From Student to Supervisor in Cyprus

By: Lydia Dwyer, 2013 Platt Fellowship Recipient The ancient city-state of Idalion was once one of the largest copper-producing cities on Cyprus. The volcanic hills of the island hide copper-rich pillow lavas that Idalionites would mine, process, and then export to one of the port cities. Dr. Pamela Gaber has operated the site since 1987, […]


iPads in the Field and Reflections on Archaeology’s Digital Future

By: William Caraher, University of North Dakota This past summer my excavation on Cyprus experimented with using iPads to document our excavations in the field. Since 2003, I have co-directed the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project with Prof. R. Scott Moore of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Prof. David K. Pettegrew of Messiah College. Over this time, […]


Archaeology after the Arab Spring

By: Jesse Casana The transformative political events in the Middle East over the past two years have had, among many other unexpected outcomes, profound effects on the direction of research in Near Eastern archaeology.  War and civil unrest act as both a carrot and a stick, forcing the cessation of fieldwork in some areas, while […]


With ASOR’s Help No Need to Stowaway

By: Sara Rich, 2012 Platt Fellow, Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation, Cyprus Last summer, I received a Platt Foundation Fellowship to return for the third season of the Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation in Cyprus. The 18-m long cargo vessel went down a few decades before the Kyrenia, during the Late Classical Period (mid-fourth c. BC). Previous years had […]


Kinyras: The Divine Lyre

By: John C. Franklin, University of Vermont, AIAR Annual Professor Kinyras is the legendary king of Cyprus, generally known only for his incestuous seduction by his daughter Myrrha (Ov. Met. 10.298–502). Yet a large body of scattered references—never completely assembled—ranges from Homer to Byzantine poets and scholars, and even the sixteenth-century Franco-Cypriot historian Étienne de […]


Cyprus: Interconnections in the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1700-1100 BC)

By: A. Bernard Knapp Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, 11 Andreas Demetriou, 1066 Nicosia, Cyprus. Email. Throughout its long prehistory and protohistory, the island of Cyprus was strategically situated between the cultures of ancient western Asia and the Aegean, if not those of the central Mediterranean. As a consequence, in literature both academic and popular, the […]


Heritage Fellow Ground Truthing on Cyprus

By: Micaela Carignano, 2012 Heritage Fellow This summer, thanks to an ASOR Heritage Fellowship, I traveled to Cyprus to participate in the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project (KAMBE).  The project, led by Sturt Manning of Cornell University and Kevin Fisher from the University of Arkansas, focuses on several Late Bronze Age sites in southern […]


Platt Fellow Uncovers 19th Century Excavation in Bronze Age Site

By: Carrie Fulton, 2012 Platt Fellow In 1897, an expedition by the British Museum to Cyprus opened a number of pits in search of tombs in the lower Maroni Valley at Tsaroukkas, removing many objects of interest and backfilling the pits they had created.  Fast-forward about 115 years later and thanks to the generous funding […]


Platt Fellow at the Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation, Cyprus

By: Sara Rich, University of Leuven, 2012 Platt Fellow I’d like to tell you about my best day in the field – ever. Honestly, between the promise of keel wood and the dolphins, there isn’t even a close runner up. This morning the waters off the south-central coast of Cyprus were calm despite the storm […]

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