Cities of Desire

By: Ömür Harmanşah Cities Between Imagination and Political Desire In his Invisible Cities, the Italian writer Italo Calvino wrote that “cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” Study of ancient cities has […]

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“A New Look at an Old Story: the Epic of Gilgamesh,” featuring Dr. Lawson Younger

In this episode ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe talks with Dr. Lawson Younger. Dr. Younger is a professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.


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 regions in the archaeology of ancient Near East. The country consists of lowlands (Khuzestan, ancient Susiana), highland plateau, high and vast chains of the Zagros and Alborz Mountains (in the west and north), large and […]


An Unholy Quartet: Museum Trustees, Antiquity Dealers, Scientific Experts, and Government Agents

In September 2013 the US returned a silver griffin to Iran as part of a diplomatic overture connected to Iranian president Rouhani’s appearance at the United Nations. But as retired Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Oscar White Muscarella showed in papers published in 2008 and 2012, the object is a fake and cannot be dated […]


Biomolecular Archaeology & the Westward Spread of Wine

From the Penn Museum France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking—but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now. Imported ancient Etruscan amphoras and a limestone press platform, discovered at the ancient port site of Lattara in southern France, have provided the earliest […]

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