ASOR is delighted to have the opportunity to share a video of the Plenary Address given at our 2013 Annual Meeting by C. Brian Rose. The video can be found at the bottom of this post. Rose is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, a past president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and the curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean Section at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
The energy and enthusiasm of Rose’s talk, “Cultural Heritage Protection in Zones of Armed Conflict: Lessons Learned and Future Strategies,” captivated the audience. He recounted how North American archaeological organizations have grappled with how to respond to crisis in the Middle East. He spoke of the destruction and looting suffered by sites and museums, as well as the recent increase in academic conference themes linking antiquity and modern society. The topics that touched closest to home were what did (or didn’t) archaeological organizations do during these times of conflict and what do we need to do moving forward. Rose suggests that all of us (archaeology enthusiasts, academics, museum professionals, cultural organizations, the military, etc.) take an active role in forming strategic partnerships to help prevent further destruction during times of unrest. These are but a few of the thought-provoking issues covered in Rose’s presentation, which kicked off the 2013 meeting leading into the Welcome Reception.
ASOR’s Annual Meeting celebrates new discoveries and scholarship concerning the cultures, history, and archaeology of the Near East. The Plenary Address is always a highlight of the meeting and features relevant topics that create dialogue and inspire attendees. Similarly, the individual session papers present cutting edge research and discuss engaging issues impacting the field. Sessions topics include technology in archaeology, theoretical and anthropological approaches, epigraphy, and cultural heritage management. A selection of papers given at the 2013 Annual Meeting were filmed by ASOR and can be viewed on the ASORtv YouTube channel. A photo gallery from the meeting can be found at this link, but be sure to like our Facebook page to see more photos.
San Diego, CA is the destination for the ASOR 2014 Annual Meeting, and we expect a record turnout for another year of stimulating presentations, business meetings, special events, and receptions. Abstract submissions for new paper presentations are due by February 15th, and complete descriptions of the session topics and themes can be found in the List of Approved Sessions for 2014. These include many new, exciting Member-Organized Sessions, such as “New Archaeological Initiatives in Southern Iraq,” “Historical Context and Material Culture of the Qur’an,” and “Pigments, Paints, and Polychromies in the Ancient Near Eastern Context.” We hope to see you there!
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