Tuesday , 2 September 2014

Archaeology after the Arab Spring

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 o ...

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Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Egypt after Mubarak

Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Egypt after Mubarak

By: Greg Williams Egypt’s January 25th revolution was originally seen as part of the larger “Arab Spring” across the Middle East where old political regimes were overthrown by pop ...

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ASOR and Archaeological Ethics

ASOR and Archaeological Ethics

By: Lynn Swartz Dodd "There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it's not really there." --Bill McKibben What should American Schools of Orient ...

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Using Inscriptions from the Antiquities Market: Polarized Positions and Pragmatic Proposals

Using Inscriptions from the Antiquities Market: Polarized Positions and Pragmatic Proposals

By: Christopher A. Rollston Archaeological sites in the Middle East have been ransacked, pillaged, and plundered for many decades. The motivations of the actual pillaging are norm ...

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The Dilemma of Denial: Scholarly Publication Policies and the Illusion of Power

The Dilemma of Denial: Scholarly Publication Policies and the Illusion of Power

By: Jonathan Rosenbaum President Emeritus, Gratz College For generations, academic journals have been deemed the appropriate venue for the initial publication of ancient inscripti ...

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The Cultural Afterlife of Mosaics in Turkey

The Cultural Afterlife of Mosaics in Turkey

By: Laurent Dissard, University of Pennsylvania Sensational discoveries of mosaics periodically make the headlines of newspapers in Turkey. After being discovered, unearthed, clea ...

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Cultural Heritage Month Comes to an End

Cultural Heritage Month Comes to an End

We have had a successful October here, with a great range of posts on cultural heritage projects, the idea of heritage itself, and current problems in the field. If you haven’t re ...

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The Terms of Heritage

The Terms of Heritage

By: Kathryn McDonnell Specialized terminology, such as stake holders, the “universal museum,” provenance, or even the phrases, “cultural property” or “cultural heritage,” is often ...

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Outrage and the Plight of Cultural Heritage: an Outsider’s Perspective

Outrage and the Plight of Cultural Heritage: an Outsider’s Perspective

By: Elena Corbett While this blog post is addressed to ASOR’s archaeological community, I am not an archaeologist, nor do I specialize in the ancient.  And I find the "oriental" i ...

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WikiLoot, crowdsourcing against the illicit antiquities trade

WikiLoot, crowdsourcing against the illicit antiquities trade

Jason Felch, a Los Angeles Times investigative reporter and co-author of Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum—a look into the Getty’s i ...

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Protecting Archaeological Sites in Conflict Zones: What Is to be Done in Syria?

Protecting Archaeological Sites in Conflict Zones: What Is to be Done in Syria?

By: Lawrence Rothfield The recent upsurge in high profile news stories, in Time and other mass media outlets, about the looting of archaeological sites in Syria has been accompani ...

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

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 ...

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Changing attitudes toward looting. What are your ideas?

Changing attitudes toward looting. What are your ideas?

By Dr. Lynn Swartz Dodd A growing body of literature documents the reality that the ancient, buried landscape of Israel, including the areas known as the West Bank and Gaza, are b ...

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The Research Imperative

The Research Imperative

Dr. Bezalel Porten, Emeritus Professor at Hebrew University (Jerusalem) has devoted much of his recent research to a large number of Idumean ostraca said to come from Khirbet el-K ...

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A Class Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Class Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rachel Hallote Purchase College SUNY Next week I will be taking the students in my “Politics and Archaeology” course to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We’ll be going as part of o ...

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ON SHOPPING FOR ARTIFACTS IN THE HOLY LAND:  A RESPONSE TO MORAG M. KERSEL

ON SHOPPING FOR ARTIFACTS IN THE HOLY LAND: A RESPONSE TO MORAG M. KERSEL

G.M. Grena The LMLK Research Website, founder/editor shop@lmlk.com Foreword In comments to Dr. Kersel's article (Buyer Beware: Shopping for Artifacts in the Holy Land), I expresse ...

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The Secondary Context Workshop: A Report

The Secondary Context Workshop: A Report

A Report In the waning days of November, 2011, colleagues in archaeology and related sciences with special interest in research issues centering on the Ancient Near East gathered ...

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Buyer Beware: Shopping for Artifacts in the Holy Land

Buyer Beware: Shopping for Artifacts in the Holy Land

Morag M. Kersel DePaul University mkersel@depaul.edu Although the recent outcome of the “Trial of the Century” did nothing to settle debate over the authenticity of the inscriptio ...

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April Theme: Fakes, Looting, and Artifacts Lacking Context

April Theme: Fakes, Looting, and Artifacts Lacking Context

The ASOR Blog (asorblog.org) is pleased to announce a new “theme” for the month of April—Unprovenanced Artifacts and Possible Forgeries. The ASOR Blog will continue to post other ...

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The Response of the Israel Antiquities Authority to the Verdict by the Jerusalem District Court in the Matter of the Forgeries Trial

The Response of the Israel Antiquities Authority to the Verdict by the Jerusalem District Court in the Matter of the Forgeries Trial

This morning (Wednesday, March 14) the verdict was published in the prosecution’s case—the State of Israel vs. Oded Golan, Robert Deutsch, et alia—Criminal Case 482/04. [This post ...

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