Wednesday , 23 July 2014

Archaeological Field Work in Egypt After the Revolution

Archaeological Field Work in Egypt After the Revolution

By: James K. Hoffmeier, Trinity International University  On January 25, 2011 the Egyptian revolution that toppled the thirty-year dictatorial reign of Hosni Mubarak began. On Feb ...

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A Toast to Our Fermented Past: Case Studies in the Experimental Archaeology of Alcoholic Beverages

A Toast to Our Fermented Past: Case Studies in the Experimental Archaeology of Alcoholic Beverages

By: Kevin M. Cullen  Archaeologists and historians are constantly in pursuit of the tangible human past, whether it is in the form of material culture or primary written sources.  ...

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The Big Dig Video Roundup

The Big Dig Video Roundup

Sites and Finds Deep Time at Tall Hisban, Jordan In Focus: Abel Beth Maacah ...

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Archaeology in Lebanon Today: Its Politics and Its Problems

Archaeology in Lebanon Today: Its Politics and Its Problems

By: Hélène Sader Lebanon has a long and very rich past, but in spite of the country’s wealth of ancient settlements, compared to neighboring countries archaeological research is f ...

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Sustainability at Any Price is not Sustainable: Open Access and Archaeology

Sustainability at Any Price is not Sustainable: Open Access and Archaeology

By: Eric Kansa, UC Berkeley and OpenContext.org This blog post looks at the open access debate, and notes how sustainability is as much of an ideological and political question as ...

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Ten Years after Iraq: Archaeology, Archaeologists, and U.S. Foreign Relations

Ten Years after Iraq: Archaeology, Archaeologists, and U.S. Foreign Relations

By: Morag M. Kersel and Christina Luke Ten years ago, in April of 2003, a coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq. This quickly toppled the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Huss ...

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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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Wil Gafney: History Channel’s Satan and President Obama

Wil Gafney: History Channel’s Satan and President Obama

By: Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. This entry is reblogged from Dr. Wil Gafney's blog. You can f ...

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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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Contested Heritage and the New Museum(s) in Diyarbakır

Contested Heritage and the New Museum(s) in Diyarbakır

By: Laurent Dissard The southeastern provinces of Turkey will soon be home to a series of new, state-of-the-art, archaeology museums. Such buildings are being (or have already bee ...

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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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The Future of Our Past: New Technologies for New Audiences

The Future of Our Past: New Technologies for New Audiences

By: Catherine Foster and Brian Brown  Certain images from the ancient past stand out in popular imagination: the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon,” Moses, David, Goliath and other char ...

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A builders’ heritage at Umm el-Jimal

A builders’ heritage at Umm el-Jimal

By: Bert de Vries (Calvin College) and Muaffaq Hazza (Umm el-Jimal) In 2012 the Umm el-Jimal (UJ) Project received a grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation ...

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From Destruction to Archaeology: the significance of “Operation Anchor” for the Cultural Heritage of Jaffa.

From Destruction to Archaeology: the significance of “Operation Anchor” for the Cultural Heritage of Jaffa.

By: Martin Peilstöcker  During spring 1936 the nationalistic uprising of the Palestinian Arab population against Mandatory British rule and Jewish mass immigration became more and ...

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