Damage to exterior of National Museum of Aleppo and unexploded mortar shell (DGAM; July 13, 2016)

4 Ways You Can Help Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage is the closest thing we have to time travel. You can use cultural heritage to connect with past generations and with someone who you’ll never be able to meet. If this damage continues unchecked, we will lose more than just […]


3 Things Threatening Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

ISIL is not the only forces damaging the cultural heritage of Syria and northern Iraq. Check out these three things you may not realize are contributing to the threat of cultural heritage. […]

Antiquities Coalition infographic.

Introducing the Digital Library of the Middle East

A successful Digital Library of the Middle East will present the stories of a diverse group of people whose culture is often misunderstood. We need look no further than the Cradle of Civilization to understand how important […]


Collecting and the Power of Touch

In April 2016, visitors to Trafalgar Square could touch a second century Roman triumphal arch – even though they were 4,000 miles away from where the arch was built, in the ancient city of Palmyra, now […]

Gabriel Barkay at Ketef Hinnom

New Light on the Priestly Blessing from Ancient Judah

Since this text associates this blessing with the Israelite priesthood, both Jewish and Christian traditions refer to it as the “priestly blessing.” Jewish and Christian literature shows that the blessing came to hold a central place in the liturgies of both […]

Hemispherical glass bowl (left) and bronze bowl with flared rim (right), from Nimrud. © The Trustees of the British Museum
Both these exquisite vessels were excavated in the North-West Palace at Nimrud: their appearance resembles closely the bowls used in Neo-Assyrian banquet scenes, as they were represented in reliefs and ivories.

The King’s Feast: Power and Propaganda at the Neo-Assyrian Royal Table

Banqueting is a powerful means of communication. Throughout human history, men and women have always done their best to enjoy food as much as possible in social settings in order to communicate […]

(Fig. 3) Part of the LoNAP team performing artefacts collection in the lower town of a large site (background) not far from the modern city of Duhok.

The Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project: The Ceramic Repertoire from the Early Pottery Neolithic to the Sasanian Period

The present article discusses the preliminary results of the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project, an on-going […]


The Daily Stew? Everyday Meals in Ancient Israel

What did the ancient Israelites eat and how did they cook? Unfortunately, the Hebrew Bible doesn’t contain as much information on daily cooking and meals as one would like. The limited amount of information […]

Sue Ann McCarty with a single day’s excavation worth of pottery.  Photo by Andy Creekmore.

The Present and Future of Curating the Past

The corrugated steel garage door clamored as it rose. We stood on a dusty road in a small town in Turkey and peered into the darkness of our excavation depot. Anxious to get reacquainted with our artifacts […]

Tomb 3 Asiatic scene. Carl Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien, Leipzig, 1913

The Beni Hasan Tomb Painting and Scholarship of the Southern Levant

Sometimes a single image can be made to carry more weight than it was intended. For over a century, one painting in the Middle Kingdom tomb complex at Beni Hasan—located […]

The Fertile Crescent during the Iron Age II. (Map by N. Zeevi)

The Empire and the “Upper Sea”: Assyrian Control Strategies along the Southern Levantine Coast

Being the world’s first political rule to adopt an imperial structure – Assyria was a land-locked power with no real maritime experience. Ideologically, the Assyrians […]

Sites mentioned in the text. (Map by F. Höflmayer)

New Evidence for Middle Bronze Age Chronology and Synchronisms in the Levant

A sound and secure chronological framework is the backbone of history. Only when we know when certain events took place, we can try to answer the questions how and why they happened […]


Shaping Welsh identity? – Egyptian Objects and Intangible Heritage

There is a dream of anyone working in a museum to find a forgotten object or even an overlooked collection. Amazingly this dream has come true for me, twice. But once […]

The inscription at Behistun.

A Brief History of Sumerology

Sumerian is the language of ancient Sumer, that is, southern Mesopotamia, during the third millennium BCE. But what is Sumerian, really? A short glance at any modern Sumerian grammar comes across […]

The unusual representation of a leopard was incised on this storage jar sherd.

Salut and the Future of Archaeology in Oman

Interest in the archaeology of South East Arabia arose a little more than fifty years ago. The region – the gateway to the Indian Ocean – had previously been left at the margins of Ancient Near East’s history […]

Figure 4.  Distribution of sites already examined by Levy’s students.

TerraWatchers, UCSD, and ASOR CHI Partner to Monitor Archaeological Sites

Warfare has been raging almost continuously across some part of the Middle East for more than forty years. It has gone hand-in-hand with social and political revolutions in Lebanon, […]

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 […]

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