2012 ASOR Annual Meeting Is a Tremendous Success

The 2012 ASOR Annual Meeting in Chicago
breaks records and is a tremendous success!

A record 925 ASOR members gathered in Chicago from November 14–17 for the 2012 ASOR Annual Meeting. The annual conference is the premier gathering for scholars, students, and lay enthusiasts who conduct research or are interested in the history and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean region. This year there were more than 450 paper presentations on topics ranging from prehistoric to Islamic periods and the present. Topics covered everything from conservation strategies and the archaeology of Anatolia to current issues in biblical archaeology. While all of the papers were presented in English, many languages could be heard in the hallways with scholars in attendance from Iran, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Australia, Asia, Europe, North American, South America, and Central America. The event truly has become the premier international conference of the year for the history and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean. Continue reading

Archaeological Conservation Strategies in the Near East, Fri. Nov. 16

conservation session flyer

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By: Suzanne Davis and LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

This year we are pleased to announce a new workshop session for the ASOR Annual Meeting, Archaeological Conservation Strategies in the Near East. Both conservators and archaeologists tend to present research within their own fields, effectively segregating the disciplines. But this year, thanks to ASOR, we have an opportunity to foster collaboration and promote information sharing among conservators and archaeologists working in the Near East. As conservators who work on excavations in the Near East, this topic is important to us and we hope you’ll find it interesting and important, too.

The workshop contributors will present multi-disciplinary projects and research on archaeological heritage from Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and Iraq. Topics examined will include regional trends in conservation, balancing preservation and access, site management, treatments of challenging materials, and collaborations with local conservation and archaeological communities. Moderated discussions between the presentations will engage the contributors as well as the audience, creating an ongoing dialogue that we hope will ultimately improve preservation for archaeological materials and sites in the Near East. If you have questions, insights, or just an interest in these topics, please join us. Continue reading

ASOR Recognized in Partners in Conservation Award

Teachers at the Harvard Semitic Museum in 2008

By: Ellen D. Bedell
ASOR Outreach Committee (Former Chair)

Project Archaeology, a program developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and currently affiliated with Montana State University, won a Secretary of the Interior’s Partnership in Conservation Award in 2011. ASOR recently received a certificate signed by Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, recognizing the ASOR Outreach Committee as a partner in this award. Continue reading

Secondary Context II Announcement

Site ravaged by looting, SE corner of the enclosing walls of the inner city, Al Resafa, Syria. Image, courtesy of the photographer, Thomas Schutyser

ANNUAL MEETING 2012 (Chicago)
Considering Theory and Method for The Study of Objects of No Known Origin

Having examined the complex issues involved in research ethics and the study of unprovenienced material in 2011, we focus on Theory and Method in 2012.

Rather than asking “Should we?” or “Shouldn’t we?” study, present, publish, or exhibit objects of unknown origin, we look forward to considering how best to determine guidelines or suggested practices in an arena where opinions are admittedly complex and often contested.

In 2012, our presenters address the conscientious treatment of unprovenienced artifacts, corpora and collections. New, responsible ways to exhibit and/or publish such works are also considered.

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Christina Luke on Building Understanding and Countering the Illegal Trade in Antiquities

One of the highlights of the ASOR Workshop, SECONDARY CONTEXT I, was a contribution by Christina Luke, the noted researcher and scholar of legislation pertaining to the regulation of the movement of unprovenienced artifacts.

ASOR annual meeting supersaver rates end Sept 23

ASOR’s annual meeting supersaver rates end at midnight on Friday, September 23 when most registration fees will increase $30. Please register for the annual meeting by following the link on the ASOR home page (www.asor.org).

ASOR has secured additional rooms over the annual meeting dates at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. Please book your room online by following the link on the ASOR home page. Please note that making your hotel reservations and conference registration are two separate steps.

Please do not hesitate to contact the ASOR office by phone at 617-353-6570 or at asormtgs@bu.edu should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this November.


How To Punish Your Liver in New Orleans

New Orleans is the birthplace of the cocktail, and ASOR members know much about hepastocapy. So when you need a break from meetings and papers, here are a few famous places within walking distance to kill a few brain cells.

  1. Get a sazerac at the newly reopened Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel (123 Baronne Street, 504-648-1200).
  2. Get a Pimm’s cup at the Napoleon House (500 Chartres Street, 504-524-9752).
  3. Take a spin with a Vieux Carre cocktail at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleon (214 Rue Royale, 866-338-4684).
  4. Try a rum based drink at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in America. Then come back to the meeting and talk like a pirate (941 Bourbon Street, 504-522-9377).
  5. Get a a mint julep, or better yet, a Davenportini, while listening to Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday from 5:30-9PM or Friday/Saturday from 9PM on (921 Canal Street, 504-524-1331)
  6. Get an absinthe frappe at Tujagues’s saloon (823 Decatur, 504-525-8676).
  7. Conjure the ghosts of Frank Sinatra, Jean Lafitte, and Mark Twain with a ramos gin fizz at the Old Absinthe House (240 Bourbon Street, 504-523-3181).
  8. They have over 100 types of martinis at the Bombay Club (830 Conti Street, 504-586-0972).
  9. Join the other tourists by the fire fountain for a hurricane at Pat O’Briens (718 St Peter).
  10. There are several cocktail walking tours. The Original Cocktail Tour is a good one. So is the Southern Comfort Walking Cocktail Tour. The Museum of the American Cocktail is at the Riverwalk Mall which is also near out hotel (504-569-0405).

Call for Papers and Sessions 2009 Annual Meeting

Contributed by Kelley Bazydlo

We are happy to announce that the Call for Papers and Sessions for ASOR’s 2009 Annual Meeting is now on ASOR’s web site (link). This year’s meeting will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans from November 18-21, and you can find full information about registration, travel, and accommodations on ASOR’s web site (link). We encourage you all to pre-register and book your rooms today.

The Annual Program Committee has worked hard to develop a diverse offering of sessions. We are still able and eager to accommodate some new sessions, so if you have a new session that you would like to propose, please do so. The deadline for new session proposals is Friday, February 6, 2009. For those who would like to present papers, make sure to review the “List of Sessions for 2009” (check again after February 15 for newly approved sessions that will be posted then) and begin submitting your abstracts for review and inclusion in the 2009 annual meeting. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday, March 1, 2009.

On behalf of Elise A. Friedland and Andrew M. Smith II, this year’s Program Committee Co-Chairs, I thank you for considering becoming a part of the academic program. Please do not hesitate to contact me (asormtgs@bu.edu) should you have any questions or comments. I look forward to seeing you this November in New Orleans.