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2015 ASOR Annual Meeting Presentations [VIDEO]

At the 2015 ASOR Annual Meeting, several of our members graciously volunteered to have their presentations recorded for ASORtv. Some presenters met with our Digital Media Specialist to read their papers, and some volunteers were recorded in session […]

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The Earliest Music in Ancient Egypt

Music is a human universal. But the beginnings of Egyptian music are much earlier […]

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Early Jewish Magic

Judaism has a rich tradition of magic going back over two thousand years […]

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A Proper Answer: Reflections on Archaeology, Archaeologists and Biblical Historiography

Noted Israeli archaeologist Israel Finkelstein looks back on almost 50 years in the field […]

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A Magnificent Manor: Majdal Yābā – A Fortified Ottoman and British Mandate Period Manor House in Central Israel

In the hills to the east of modern Tel Aviv is a site occupied from the Iron Age until 1948 […]

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Of Stones and Social Complexity – The Shamir Dolmen Field and the Intermediate Bronze Age

What does it take to move a stone weighing 50 tons […]

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Visitors from the Intermediate Bronze Age? Crescent Headed Figures in Negev Rock Art

The Negev is filled with rock art from all periods. But a newly discovered type of figure suggests that visitors from outside the Levant […]

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Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel

Among the many accusations that the prophets of the Hebrew Bible level at their contemporaries, child sacrifice is one of the most egregious […]

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Not Just for the Birds: Pigeons in the Roman and Byzantine Near East

Today we mostly think of pigeons as pests. But the thing that make pigeons a problem for us was a valuable resource […]

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The Bible as Tool for Learning to Evaluate Competing Voices in an Age of “Fake News”

“Fake news” is a problem besetting modern societies. Can learning to read the Bible carefully help us develop better skills […]

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An Affair of Herbal Medicine? The ‘Special’ Kitchen in the Royal Palace of Ebla

Humans have always needed a wide range of medicines, but until recently, there has been little archaeological evidence […]

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