10. Survey equipment. Photo courtesy Rachel Hallote.

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 […]

Relief fragment depicting a player of cymbals. Lagash(?). ca. 2100 BCE.
Courtesy of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. Photographers: M. Amar and M. Greyevsky.

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 […]

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Christ's Appearance to the Apostles, ca. 1308-1311 CE

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 […]

Map of prehistoric Lake Missoula

The Jehoash Affair: A Personal Recollection

Perhaps naively, I was very surprised that there was so much politics injected into what I believed was a strictly scientific study. I was then made aware of what Amnon termed “minimalists,” who argue that biblical histories […]

Floor mosaic from Frikya, Maarat an-Numan Museum (Sean Leatherbury/Manar al-Athar)

Introducing the Manar al-Athar Open Access Photo Archive

The Manar al-Athar photo-archive’s ca. 3,000 photographs of floor mosaics show how classical imagery and motifs were re-purposed in Christian and Jewish buildings, such as the Roman wolf with Romulus and Remus […]

The Tel Dan Stele: the place name Bet David is highlighted on the stele in white (Wikimedia Commons).

King David Slept Here

For one thing, the archaeological search for David, and for the United Monarchy under him and his son Solomon, seems to assume that tangible proof – like the letter the dog dug up – exists, just waiting to be found. It appears to underlie claims of the discovery of buildings like David’s palaces in […]

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Special Feature: Syria Destruction Update

News accounts and propaganda videos continue to report ISIL’s destruction of archaeological sites in Syria, and the ongoing devastation caused by the civil war. ANE Today is sad to present a series of the most recent links discussing these situations. […]



[FOR NEW PARTICIPANTS AND FOR THOSE WHO TOOK THE SURVEY IN 2014] Stories about romantic escapades on archaeological excavations are legend, as anyone who has worked on a dig can surely attest. We have all heard about happy relationships that began in the field and thrived for decades. But as we also know, excavation […]

Shikhin lamp molds. Photo by Tom Allyn.

Shikhin Between Jews and Romans

The Roman period village of Shikhin in Israel’s Lower Galilee is one of those sites. On one hand, it fills out our picture of Jewish villages in the Roman period. The material culture allows archaeologists to see connections between Judeans in the […]

Stewart Ancient Near East Today

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library: Working to Preserve the Manuscript Heritage of Syria and Iraq

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota (HMML) began in 1965 as a project to microfilm monastic libraries in Cold War Europe […]

Syria Manuscript Ancient Near East Today

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library: Manuscripts Image Gallery

Parts of the manuscript are bilingual, providing the Greek text of certain prayers in addition to the Arabic. The manuscript was copied in 1682; the right-hand page features an ownership inscription from 1695 […]

Shimelmitz Ancient Near East Today

Fire: a Burning Issue in Human Evolution

Yet we are also alone in the animal world in manipulating and controlling fire. Somewhere in our deep past the ability to use fire altered the course of human evolution in crucial ways. Nevertheless, while the oldest documented instance of fire […]

A general view of the Uruk archaeological site at Warka in Iraq.

Policemen in 1st millennium BC Babylonia

There is always crime and sometimes there is punishment. But where do policemen come from? The exceptionally abundant cuneiform documentation from Babylonia dating to the period of the Neo-Babylonian (626-539 BCE) and Achaemenid Empires […]

ASOR Blog 2015 Figure 1

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, […]

Tom Levy, Mohammad Najjar, and Susan Ackerman in the iron mine of Mugharet al-Warda

News from the Field: CAP visits Israel, Jordan, and Cyprus

The trip was great – even that day when Matt had us on the road at 4:30! After all, if you head out at 4:30, you can cover a lot of ground, beginning with a visit to Matt’s own dig at Legio, just east of Tel Megiddo. The excavations […]

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 […]

Photo by Jeff DeKock

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 […]

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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. […]

Nicolas Poussin - The Adoration of the Golden Calf.

Iconoclasm in the ‘Islamic State’

The theological reasoning of this iconoclasm is the Second Commandment of the prophet Moses: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water […]

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