Detail of Winged Human-Headed Lion from Nimrud In the British Museum.

Teaching Heritage in Classrooms

The first time I walked into my daughter’s playgroup, I saw a model of St. Peter’s Cathedral from Rome placed on the top shelf of the art/music classroom. Having walked around, I noticed the model of St. Basil’s […]

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Eating Archaeology

I headed over to Boston University’s Archaeology Department for “Eating Archaeology,” a night filled with food, drinks, and a competition where one team’s dish was to be declared the winner. The event was free and open to the […]

Charlton Heston as Moses.

“So it is Written, So it Shall be Done:” The Ten Commandments at 60

Who was Moses and what was the Exodus? The Book of Exodus contains 40 chapters but the very human desire to express these narratives in imagery has been evident for millennia […]

Israel Finkelstein

The Role of Biblical Archaeology in Exegesis: An interview with Professor Israel Finkelstein, Part 2

Manetho had already known about the Exodus tradition, so I doubt whether his work can help solve the riddle of Exodus. As far as I can judge, the Exodus traditions […]

Blood moon.

Does the Bible Claim that the Sun and Moon stopped in their Tracks?

The sun and moon have been in the news lately; Pastor John Hagee has claimed that recent blood moons have biblical significance of cataclysmic proportions concerning modern day Israel […]


5 Easy Tips For Promoting Your Dig

Ever wish more people knew about your dig site and the research being completed? Here are 5 easy tips to promote your your research, increase your visibility to potential funders, and establish yourself as an expert […]


World Heritage Day Symposium Twitter Recap

World Heritage Day—Protecting, Preserving, and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of the Near East to the Public ASOR and AIA (The Archaeological Institute of America), in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution […]

Nazareth 1934. Matson Collection, Library of Congress.

Jesus as a Security Risk: Intelligence and Repression in the Roman Empire

Intelligence personnel tend to have a view of events that differs from historians, even other people in government, and certainly from the general public. They are often accused of being realpolitikers […]

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Sex Crimes in the Laws of the Hebrew Bible [PODCAST]

I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wells about what constituted as a sex crime according to the Hebrew Bible all those years ago. Although biblical texts identify a range of sexual behavior as […]

Tell Asmar, Northern Palace drainage system, arched brick drain below street in F15. Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Diyala Archaeological Database, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Trash and Toilets in Mesopotamia: Sanitation and Early Urbanism

The recent celebration of World Toilet Day in November 2015 shone a spotlight on the variety of modern sanitation systems. Some 35% of the world’s population has no access to clean […]

Israel Finkelstein

The Role of Biblical Archaeology in Exegesis: An interview with Professor Israel Finkelstein, Part 1

Many, but not all, excavations demonstrate that text and spade point in different directions. If, therefore, archaeology is allowed to tell its own story some parts […]

Section drawing showing cut away areas of bedrock.

Reconstructing Tell er-Rumeith

In the spring of 1967, a team of archaeologists led by the late Paul Lapp concluded excavations at the small Iron Age site of Tell er-Rumeith in northern Jordan. Nearly 50 years later, his widow, Nancy Lapp, and I published the final report of […]


Crime and Sexual Offense in Hatti [Podcast]

In a recent special Near Eastern Archaeology issue on crime and punishment in the Bible and the Near East, Dr. Ilan Peled authored the article, “Crime and Sexual Offense in Hatti.” I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Peled about crime […]

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An Early Islamic Homicide at Qasr Hallabat, Jordan [PODCAST]

In a recent special Near Eastern Archaeology issue on crime and punishment in the Bible and the Near East, Dr. Megan Perry co-authored the article “An Early Islamic Homicide at Cahser Hallabat, Jordan” with […]

Professor Mehmet Önal at Tell Harran, 2014.

Unearthing the Past at Ancient Harran and the Wells of Paddan-Aram

Many know Harran from the biblical story of Abraham and his family’s wanderings. Today the huge tell of Harran, the mound of the ancient city, measures over one kilometre across and is surrounded by ancient walls […]

Votive statues showing the attitude of prayer, found at Tell Asmar, Iraq, ca. 2900-2500 BCE. Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

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 […]

ʾIšbaʿal Inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa, ca. late 11th century BCE.
Photo courtesy of Tal Rogovski and Yossi Garfinkel

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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Violence and the City: On the Yahwist’s Leviathan [PODCAST]

Continuing our look inside the recent special Near Eastern Archaeology issue on crime and punishment in the Bible and the Near East, we spoke with Dr. Robert Kawashima about his article, “Violence and the […]

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Sacred Violence: When Ancient Egyptian Punishment was Dressed in Ritual Trappings [PODCAST]

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Kerry Muhlestein about his recent Near Eastern Archaeology article, Sacred Violence: When Ancient Egyptian Punishment was Dressed […]


DIG DEEPER, REACH HIGHER: The ASOR Strategic Plan, 2016-2020

The ASOR Strategic Plan, 2016-2020 Draft put forward for comment by the ASOR Strategic Planning Task Force: Susan Ackerman (Chair), Gary Arbino, Vivian Bull, Richard Coffman, Sharon Herbert, Ann-Marie Knoblauch, […]

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