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Extensive Recent Looting Revealed

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Image of Mari (Tell Hariri) taken March 25, 2014.

The very important ancient site of Mari (Tell Hariri) in Deir … Read more

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

On Friday, November 21st, members are invited to discuss the proposed ASOR ethical guidelines. We want to hear from

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Josephus Reconsidered

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By: William den Hollander

In the early summer of the year AD 67, during the early stages of the Jewish … Read more

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Discussion of ASOR’s Ethics Policy

EthicsBannerA Special Invitation from the Co-Chairs of the Program Committee of the Annual Meeting:

On Friday, November 21st, … Read more

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Font of St. Vitalis from Sbeitla in Tunisia showing elaborate decoration.

A New Look at Baptism

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By: Robin Jensen

Countless Christians are familiar with the rite of baptism. But Christian baptism was one of the most … Read more

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Ur III list of barley rations to adults and children.

Children in the Ancient Near East

Nov2014_ANET_BannerBy: Kristine Garroway

Why have children been such a neglected issue in ancient Near Eastern studies, both from the Read more

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Tell Jemmeh, July 2012. Photo by A. Joffe.

Publishing the Tell Jemmeh Excavations, 40 years later

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By: David Ben-Shlomo 

Opportunities arise in unusual ways. But the opportunity to help publish a major excavation is by definition … Read more

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FOA Podcast: “State of Biblical Archaeology Around the World,” Featuring Dr. Susan Ackerman

In this episode ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe discusses the present ups and downs of studying Read more

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The Early Bronze Age I Site and Necropolis of Jebel al-Mutawwaq, Jordan

ANET_Oct2014_BannerBy: Andrea Polcaro and Juan Muniz

Much of the archaeological landscape of the ancient Near East is rapidly disappearing. This … Read more

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The site of Tell Deir ‘Alla in Jordan. Photo: © Lucas Petit.

The Dutch and the Ancient Near East

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By: Lucas Petit, National Museum of Antiquities

Cheese, windmills and the sweet smell of marihuana in the city of Amsterdam … Read more

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The Current State of Ugaritic Studies

ANET_Oct2014_BannerBy: Gregorio del Olmo Lete 

No other language and culture of Northwest Semitic – the family of languages and cultures … Read more

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Harry Ettlinger. All figures courtesy of Patty Gerstenblith.

The 1954 Hague Convention at 60

A Report on the Joint Annual Meeting of the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

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What’s New with Ezra-Nehemiah

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By: Thomas M. Bolin

What’s new with Ezra-Nehemiah? This might not be the most exciting discussion on the Bible you … Read more

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“Une figurine d’envoûtement paléo-babylonienne,” Beiträge zur Altorientalischen Archäologie und Altertumskunde. Festschrift für Barthel Hrouda zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. P. Calmeyer et al., Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 1994, 97–101, XIII.

Witchcraft in Ancient Mesopotamia

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By: Daniel Schwemer

Belief in witches was as widespread in Mesopotamia as it was in Europe. Incantation and ritual texts … Read more

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Mass grave in cave Lachish showing skulls of some individuals buried after the Assyrian conquest of Lachish under Sennacherib in 701 BC (from Lachish III, Pl. 4).

Horrors of War in the Ancient Near East

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By: Jordi Vidal

War in the Middle East seems ever-present. But the study of war has been neglected, no more … Read more

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6 Things You Need to Know About ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative

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By: Kurt Prescott

Beginning August 4, 2014, the American Schools of Oriental Research entered into a cooperative agreement with the … Read more

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The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition – Toward a New and Improved Version

By: Ronald Hendel

Textual criticism — the comparison of ancient texts of the Hebrew Bible — has been revitalized by … Read more

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Close-up of John Mark Wade uncovering ashy layer.

Fellowship Report: Archaeology, Photography, Culture

*This scholarship was made possible by donations made to the 2014 scholarship drive. Donate today.

By: Timothy Snow, Heritage Excavation

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Andrews University Sicily Excavation

By: Joel E. Lisboa, Andrews University, Platt Fellowship 2014

Studying archaeology, reading books related to the subject, and obtaining good … Read more

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Managing Egyptian Heritage – A Master Degree offered by the French University in Egypt and Paris 1 Sorbonne Pantheon

By: Fekri Hassan, Emeritus Petrie Professor of Archaeology, University College London

As the winds of political change were sweeping the … Read more

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