ASOR Strategic Planning, 2016-2020

For the past five years (2011-2015), ASOR has been well guided by the Strategic Plan adopted by its Board of Trustees in April 2010. Indeed, ASOR has achieved many of the goals identified in the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, especially with respect […]

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They Were Not Mainly “Peasants”

It has been very common for the vast majority of the people in the Greco-Roman world, with the exception of those who lived in the élite urban spheres, to be depicted as a homogeneous mass of “peasants”—members of subsistence-oriented, […]

Junior Scholar Volunteers

Join the ASOR Digital Media Team at the 2015 ASOR Annual Meeting

Are you an ASOR Junior Scholar that is looking for an opportunity to get involved at the 2015 ASOR Annual Meeting? Do you own a smartphone or have access to a camcorder/camera? Here’s your chance to be a part of the […]

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Preservation and Community Engagement at Umm el-Jimal in 2014

The Umm el-Jimal Project made a thematic shift away from stress on academic archaeological research to site management with twin foci, preservation and community engagement. Site preservation on the ground was complemented […]

Figure 4) Monitoring the oxygen content in RPSystem Escal bags with the OpTech-O2 Platinum analyzer © Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan.

History of Conservation in Kaman-Kalehöyük, Turkey

Kaman-Kalehöyük is a rural settlement along the ancient Silk Road trade route dating from the Bronze Age (2300 BCE) through the Ottoman Empire. The site is located 100 km southeast of Ankara and 3 km east of Kaman. Excavation has been […]

Example of Female figurines

Different Faces of Gender in the Marlik Cemetery (Northern Iran)

I introduce one of the many faces of gender represented in the Marlik cemetery in Northern Iran. I suggest the strong possibility of existence of a third gender that was neither a male nor a female in this cemetery. […]

Jenn Thum Poster Reflectance Transformation Imaging

Rediscovery with Reflectance Transformation Imaging – Annual Meeting Poster [VIDEO]

This paper presents the contents of the block as revealed through Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and digital epigraphy. The author applied these technologies as part of […]

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom

From the Nile to the Desert and Back

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Darlene Brookes Hedstrom, of Wittenberg University, met with ASORtv to present her paper, “From the Nile to the Desert and Back: Writing a New History of Egyptian Monastic Site Formation.” She first presented her […]

Jody Gordon ASOR AM Mini Alexandrias

Mini-Alexandrias or Local Continuity? [VIDEO]

Anyone who has ever been to a conference knows how difficult it can be to eat, let alone fit in all the things you want to do. That’s why we at ASOR are so grateful to all of the volunteers who took time during the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting to meet […]

Tyrian Purple Pigments

Setting the Archaeo-Chemical Record Straight Regarding Tyrian Purple Pigments and Dyes

His paper, “Setting the Archaeo-Chemical Record Straight Regarding Tyrian Purple Pigments and Dyes,” was engaging, entertaining, informative, and full of […]

Egyptian Pigment Palette

Green Pigments: Exploring Changes in the Egyptian Pigment Palette [VIDEO]

From the Late to Roman Periods (712 BCE–364 CE) through Multispectral Imaging and Technical Analysis. Caroline Roberts was nice enough to volunteer to present her paper for ASORtv. This paper looks at […]

Jeffrey Zorn Ancient Storage Bins

Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Nasbeh and the Role of the State

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Jeffrey Zorn of Cornell University presented his paper, “Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Nasbeh and the Role of the State,” during the Archaeology of […]

Object Biography and Law Morag Kersel

Changing Lives: Object Biography and Law [Video]

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Morag Kersel presented her paper, “Changing Lives: Object Biography and Law.” She did so during the Object Biography for Archaeologists: A Practical Workshop. The workshop was not just about story-telling, […]

Sarah Wenner Nabataean and Roman Period

Udhruh and Its Hinterland during the Nabataean and Roman Periods [VIDEO]

In ca. 300 CE, the Roman army built a legionary fortress for the legio VI Ferrata at the site of Udhruh, 15 km east of Petra in southern Jordan. The site’s long history began prior to the construction of the fortress, […]


Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium – Luncheon Presentation [VIDEO]

On November 23rd, the Syrian Heritage Initiative hosted a public Symposium at the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The more than 80 attendees included ASOR members, representatives of other groups […]

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Pathologies by the Bone: Making Meaning from Commingled Remains

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Debra Martin presented the paper, “Pathologies by the Bone: Making Meaning from Commingled Remains at Tell Abraq, UAE (2200–2000 BCE),” during the session on mortuary perspectives […]


Filling in the Gaps: New Technologies for Archaeological Reconstructions

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Pedro Azara and his team presented the paper, “Filling in the Gaps: New Technologies for Archaeological Reconstructions […]


2014 ASOR Annual Meeting Plenary Address: Jason Ur [VIDEO]

The 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting was held in sunny San Diego this year. It was a nice break for the staff from the encroaching cold weather in Boston. The meeting had many great events […]


Do not Ostracize the Ostraca: a Discussion on ASOR’s Proposed Ethics

Unprovenanced documents invariably raise the suspicion of inauthenticity. There is not a little irony in an ancient use to which the ostracon was put and the origin of the current corpus […]


Discussion of ASOR’s Ethics Policy

On Thursday, November 20th, 12:45-1:45pm, the ASOR Membership will hold a discussion about our Professional Ethics Policy. Please attend! This meeting is the centerpiece of a multi-year project to revise our […]

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