Reduced to Her Bare Essentials [PODCAST]

Budin’s article considers the symbolic meanings of the face, breasts, vulva, and branch images which typify the schematic piriform pendants which first emerged in Tell el-‘Ajjul in the Late Bronze Age and spread […]


Engendering the Israelite Harvests [PODCAST]

In a recent Friends of ASOR podcast, I called Jennie Ebeling, co-director of the Jezreel Expedition in Israel, to talk about her recent Near Eastern Archaeology 79.3 article, “Engendering the Israelite Harvests.” Her article talks […]

‘Gospel of Jesus’s wife’ (WikiCommons)

Forging Ancient Texts

In contrast, the antiquities market is how most modern hoaxes are circulated, including forgeries of ancient texts. Alleged ancient texts are often said to come from particular archaeological sites, but there is rarely a way to verify such assertions. […]

Reconstruction of the Judaean temple, after a drawing by Stephen Rosenberg, “The Jewish Temple at Elephantine,” Near Eastern Archaeology 67 (2004): 4.

Multi-Dimensional Yahwism: The Case of the Persian Period Judaean Community in Elephantine

Elephantine Judaeans suggests that the emergence of a Scripture-based Yahwism—the “victorious” form of Yahwism in the succeeding Hellenistic and Roman […]

Pilgrims at Stone of Anointing (all images courtesy Ragnar Cline).

Ancient Pilgrimage in the Modern World

One motivation that unites Greco-Roman pilgrimage traditions, some Jewish pilgrimage traditions, and early Christian pilgrimage is the search for authenticity. This is found in ‘proofs’ like miracles, and the way […]

Gertrude Bell at Kubbet Duris, Baalbek Lebanon, June 1900. Photograph Courtesy of The Gertrude Bell Archives, Newcastle University.

Letters from Baghdad: Excavating the Story of the Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

Letters from Baghdad is the first full-length documentary film about Gertrude Bell, Middle Eastern explorer and once the most powerful woman in the British Empire who was instrumental […]


Top 10 Things To Do In San Antonio

Earlier this year, I wrote a News@ASOR post extolling the virtues of spending several days in San Antonio at a world-class resort attending the presentation of world-class papers by world-class scholars. I said it before and […]


Surrogacy and the Archaeological Object

The objects treated in this paper were all excavated in the Ancient Near East at sites that are some 200 km distant one from another. Rather more important might be their diachronic distance – a millennium separates […]


Most Popular ASOR Summer Posts

We thought we’d answer that age-old question, “What did you do this summer?” with a look back at the five most popular blog posts on the ASOR Blog. We had a lot of really great authors contribute to our blog over the last few months […]

Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel. Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633.

“Godnapping” in the Ancient Near East

This particular removal of gods, called “godnapping” by modern scholars, is attested over a long period of Mesopotamian history, from the start of the 2nd millennium through the 5th century BCE. But how can […]

Location of the Western Wall Plaza and Tel Moza, with additional sites mentioned in the text. (Map by I. Ben-Ezra)

Animal Economy in a Temple City and Its Countryside: Iron Age Jerusalem as a Case Study

Iron Age Jerusalem is the subject of perennial interest, but archaeological understanding of how the city functioned economically […]

Ramses III fighting the Sea Peoples at Medinet Habu. (Wikimedia Commons)

Ask a Near East Professional: Who are the Sea Peoples and what role did they play in the devastation of civilizations?

Who are the Sea Peoples and what role did they play in the devastation of civilizations that occurred shortly after […]

Left to right; the ka statue of King Hor (Photo, John Bodsworth), the ba bird (Illustration, Jeff Dahl) and the Akh bird.

Tomb Security in Ancient Egypt: How and Why Did the Egyptians Protect Their Tombs?

Protecting the dead from abuse is an ancient human instinct but Egypt raised this concern to levels never seen before or since. Tomb robbery […]

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 […]

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