King Herod Trendsetter

BASOR Article Preview: Fit for a King: Architectural Decor in Judaea and Herod as Trendsetter

When I was a teenager I thought I would one day become an astrophysicist, exploring black holes and red giants. But after high school I have worked for several years […]

BASOR 371 Article Preview

BASOR Article Preview: Excavations at Caesarea Maritima and the Vardaman Papers

The ancient city of Caesarea Maritima, situated on the coast of modern day Israel, encompassed nearly 6000 acres at its zenith during the Roman/Byzantine eras. Archaeologists are slowly […]

David and Solomon Fig 1

The Return of David and Solomon?

Buried beneath the houses of Silwan, a small neighborhood south of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, lie the remains of four thousand years of human history. As elsewhere in the Middle East, in Silwan history is counted by ages […]

Reconstruction of a four-room house.

The Bible, Archaeology, and the History of Early Israel

The problem of the relationship between the Bible and archaeology is an old one, and archaeological trends over the last several decades have shifted away from using the Bible. For those working in biblical or Near Eastern studies, however, the question […]


Priestly Initiation in Ancient Israel

One decidedly unusual and remarkable idiosyncrasy of the Hebrew religion has never been accounted for. Virtually alone among all religions of both antiquity and later times, the original Israelite cultic religion and civilization […]

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 […]


Desert Devotions

Imagine the desert. Imagine a place at once desolate and overrun with life, a place where one may only see the horizon for miles and then suddenly a town, a structure, or, perhaps a drawing etched on a rock. Imagine a place […]


Philistine Pottery in the Core and Periphery

The Philistines settled in the southern coastal plain of Israel, in the area that later came to be known as Philistia, in the first half of the 12th century BCE […]

Mass grave in cave Lachish showing skulls of some individuals buried after the Assyrian conquest of Lachish under Sennacherib in 701 BC (from Lachish III, Pl. 4).

Horrors of War in the Ancient Near East

War in the Middle East seems ever-present. But the study of war has been neglected, no more so than in the ancient Near East, and especially its impact on non-combatant populations. After the Second World War, military history became a marginal discipline […]

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?”

Matt Glassman at the dig stie.

My Time with the Associates for Biblical Research at Khirbet el Maqatir in Israel

*This scholarship was made possible by donations made to the 2014 scholarship drive. Donate today. By: Matt Glassman, 3rd year Ph.D. Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University This May, I was able to join the Associates for Biblical Research for their excavation at Khirbet el Maqatir in Israel.  I am grateful for the […]


Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 6/13/14

If you missed anything from the ASOR Facebook or Twitter pages this week, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of this week’s archaeology news into one convenient post. If we missed any major archaeological stories from this week, feel free to let us know in the comment section! [list type=”icons-book”] Archaeologists to return to Battle of Hastings site for […]

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 […]

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 In recent years archaeologists have sounded a nearly continual warning about threats to cultural heritage, from artifacts to buildings to sites, in the Middle East. This began with Iraq and now, after the events of the Arab Spring, continues especially […]

A Nabataean temple was discovered at the Dibon site in 1952. Here, workers remove part of a wall.

ASOR Archives: The Dibon Excavation Collection

Did you know that the ASOR Archives documents over a century of American archaeological research in the Near East? The archive holds about forty collections, including the papers of past ASOR presidents, photograph collections, personal papers, and excavation collections. One of these is the Dibon Excavation Collection, which contains documents and photographs from ASOR’s dig […]

Fig. 5: Cut marks on distal humerus of a sheep. Photo: J. S. Greer.

New Archaeological Data for the Study of Ancient Israelite Religion and Society from Tel Dan

By: Jonathan S. Greer Not all exciting archaeological discoveries, even those related to Israelite religion, are made in field. Some come after the end of the season, in the lab, or even long after the dig has concluded, after scouring records and analyzing material from storerooms. I have had the privilege of working with previously […]


Current Issues in Israelite Religion

By: Richard S. Hess The archaeology of Israelite religions continues to evoke new evidence and approaches. Recent reassessments raise the question of monotheism in pre-exilic Israel. Put another way, did anyone believe in a single deity before the fall of Jerusalem in 587/6 BCE? The traditional critical view has been that Josiah instituted a (Deuteronomistic) […]


2013 Platt Fellowship: A Summer at Hippos Sussita

Matt Winter, Platt Fellowship Recipient My initial introduction to the site of Hippos Sussita, near Kibbutz Ein Gev in Israel, was one which left me feeling a sense of the grandeur this ancient city must have had. One of the member cities of the Decopolis, a region of ten major cities in what is today Israel, Jordan and Syria. […]


ASORtv: How the Grants Help

When ASOR Director Andy Vaughn traveled to Israel and Jordan in 2012, he met up with recipients of the Platt and Heritage Fellowships. He asked them three questions… What is the most exciting thing to happen on a dig? How has this grant helped you? What is the strangest and/or toughest thing to happen on a dig? In this […]


ASORtv: Excitement on a Dig

When ASOR Director Andy Vaughn traveled to Israel and Jordan in 2012, he met up with recipients of the Platt and Heritage Fellowships. He asked them three questions… What is the most exciting thing to happen on a dig? How has this grant helped you? What is the strangest and/or toughest thing to happen on […]

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