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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 […]

Architects at the MRAMP site.

Lessons Learned from a New Collaborative Archaeological Adventure

It all began over a decade ago. Then Director General of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA), Fawwaz Al-Kraysheh, sat me down in his office, looked me straight […]

On the le , the oven in Room IV; on the right, the mud-brick platform a er removal of the oven. (Courtesy of the University of Hawaii Tell Timai Project)

A Hellenistic Household Ceramic Assemblage from Tell el-Timai (Thmuis), Egypt: A Contextual View

Large deposits of domestic pottery from primary contexts in Ptolemaic Lower Egypt are uncommon and seldom presented in their entirety. […]

The oil press, showing two cross-shaped press frames in the eastern wall.

A Clay Bread Stamp from Khirbet et-Tireh

The clay bread stamp presented here was found at in a monastic complex dating to the Late Byzantine-Early Islamic period at Khirbet et-Tireh, approximately 16 km northwest of Jerusalem. […]

F. Lloyds (c. 1853), design for the scenery for ‘Sardanapalus’, a 1821 historical tragedy by Lord Byron, amongst others based upon Diodorus (c. 1853 performed in the Princess’s Theatre, London –producer Charles Kean), watercolour and bodycolour, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Diodorus of Sicily’s Library and the Ancient Near East

Though I was acquainted with the figure and work of Diodorus of Sicily, it only became familiar to me thanks to my work on another Greek author, Ctesias of Cnidus. Fifteen-odd years ago, I started to […]

Cypro-Minoan clay tablet from Enkomi, Cyprus. Image: Mikhail Ryazanov via Wikimedia Commons

What language(s) did the Philistines speak?

The evidence that we have for the language(s) spoken by the Philistines is not plentiful, but what we do have is interesting (though far from conclusive). Two types of evidence predominate: (1) inscriptions that may […]


Top 5 ASOR Articles of 2016

2017 has officially begun! We’d like to thank all of our Friends of ASOR (and lurkers) who come back to the ASOR Blog to read article after article! Here’s a look back at the five most popular articles of 2016. […]


Twitter Recap: 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting

A big thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting an amazing event. We couldn’t have done it without you! Also, to everyone […]

Proto-cuneiform tablet

Ask a Near Eastern Professional: How the Sumerians Got to Peru

There was indeed a “Sumerian bowl” found in the late 1950s near Lake Titicaca, at the site of Hacienda Chúa, about 75 miles north of La Paz. The dark bowl has a prominent rim and a […]

Meeting of Tamar and Judah, Tintoretto

It’s Complicated: Biblical Exercise for the Theological and Ethical Imagination

Why does the Bible matter? Why do we continue to talk about, turn to, and study a diverse assortment of narratives, poems, laws and prophetic proclamations at least two millennia […]


Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and Sensualities [PODCAST]

In a recent Friends of ASOR podcast, I spoke with Uroš Matić over Skype about his recent Near Eastern Archaeology 79.3 article, “Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and […]

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