Akkadian Prayers in Ancient Mesopotamia

Prayer is ubiquitous in human societies, including ancient Mesopotamia, but it often appears alien or distant to our modern sensibilities. A closer look shows that this seemingly arcane topic tells us much about Mesopotamian hopes, fears […]

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What names teach us about Iron II society in the Land of Israel

Names send messages about identity. Today, many African-Americans have first names that are totally different from those of white Americans. But until the early 1970s there was a great similarity […]

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Head Injuries in Ancient Mesopotamia: What do we Really Know?

Three millennia of documented history of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia and Assyria are dominated by the accounts of war, and violence seems to have been present in the everyday life of all Mesopotamians. What do […]

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Nimrud Rising: An Immersive Virtual Reality Recreation of a Lost Site

In March, 2015, reports from the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities confirmed that agents of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had attacked the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nimrud in northeastern […]

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Interview with Zahi Hawass

Few individuals are so closely identified with Egypt – and ancient Egypt – as Zahi Hawass. Formerly Minister of State for Antiquities, Hawass has been Chief Inspector and Director of the Giza Plateau, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and has excavated at numerous sites […]

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The So-Called Jehoash Inscription: A Post Mortem

At the turn of 2003 the Israeli press published a front-page article, announcing the authentification by the Geological Survey of Israel of what appeared to be a royal inscription of King Jehoash of Judah (circa 800 BCE). If genuine, the inscription […]

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Crime and Punishment in Pharaonic Egypt

In ancient Egypt crimes are acts are against other persons or the state. Punishments are official, not private sanctions against persons who committed crimes. The term for “crime” is bt3. A capital crime is bt3 ‘3 (n mwt), “great crime” (worthy of death) […]

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Preserving the Past: the Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments Project

Iraq became accessible once again for archaeologists, and documentation with a possibility for future conservation could begin. It was with this in mind that the idea of the project Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments […]

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Israel’s Marine Archaeology Treasures – An Endangered Cultural Resource

Legal mechanisms must be used to control coastal development, assure integrated coastal zone management, establish sustainable development and protect the marine cultural resources. National and regional master […]

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Resources on the Cultural Crisis in the Near East

The scale of the human crisis in Syria has expanded and now involves Europe. Damage to archaeological and heritage sites also continues at an alarming rate. We present here a series of new and important links discussing the ongoing cultural disaster […]

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(Very) Long Distant Trade – Egyptian, Mesopotamia and Denmark in the Late Bronze Age

Archaeologists frequently talk about ‘long distance trade.’ But sometimes those distances are very long. Denmark can be proposed as the most distant area that received such beads, […]

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New Excavations in the Plain of Antioch

The vibrant Bronze Age city of Alalakh on the Plain of Antioch may not have been among the largest cities of the ancient Near East, but its strategic importance and unique character made it a star. Ongoing excavations and research directed by K. Aslıhan […]

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Between Ancient Rhodes and Israel: Comparing Literary and Material Cultures

The project to understand the interaction between Rhodes and Israel and more specifically with Bethsaida, began with our assessment of Bethsaida as a Galillean site located between […]

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Introducing the Lanier Theological Library

Gertrude Bell, Cappadocian Fathers, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Nuzi tablets, Dead Sea Scroll fragments, Moshe Goshen-Gottstein, and William Hallo have in common? They have all found a home, of sorts, at the Lanier Theological Library […]

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A Call for the Preservation of Heritage Landscapes in the United Arab Emirates

By that time, I had lived in the United Arab Emirates for fourteen years and had forced busloads of Emirati university students to various archaeological sites and abandoned villages – an experience that probably […]

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Narrative Literature of Hurrian Origin: Moving Treasures from the Ancient Near East

The ancient definition Hittite scribes employed to classify literary compositions of Hurrian origin was the Sumerian logogram ŠÌR “song”. It is not clear whether they actually were sung, but […]

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Who’s the Fairest of them all? Feminine Beauty in the Hebrew Bible and Iron Age Ivory Sculpture

From fairy tales to fashion magazines, notions of feminine beauty pervade the world we live in. But what does the Hebrew Bible have to say about this topic? And how might […]

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Excavating the Albright Institute’s Attic

Many ASOR members who excavate in Israel use the Albright Institute’s attic for storage—it’s a convenient place to keep ceramics and other excavation materials, as well as summer dig clothes. It’s just like any other attic. But it is also a kind of archaeological […]

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Music in Ancient Mesopotamia

We have a wealth of sources from ancient Mesopotamia: archeological, iconographical, and, most significantly, textual. Hundreds of thousands of cuneiform tablets in collections around the world shed light on the everyday […]

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Did Jesus Speak Greek?

Did Jesus and his disciples speak and teach in Greek? What languages were spoken in first century Palestine? If so, does the New Testament preserve their actual communications? These questions have generated rich debate through the years. It has been the general consensus […]

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