King Tut – What We Do and Don’t Know With Marianne Eaton-Krauss [Podcast]

In this installment of the Friends of ASOR podcast, I met with Egyptologist and author, Marianne Eaton-Krauss, to discuss King Tut and her upcoming book, The Unknown Tutankhamun — available mid-December […]


Introducing the Lanier Theological Library

Gertrude Bell, Cappadocian Fathers, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Nuzi tablets, Dead Sea Scroll fragments, Moshe Goshen-Gottstein, and William Hallo have in common? They have all found a home, of sorts, at the Lanier Theological Library […]


A Call for the Preservation of Heritage Landscapes in the United Arab Emirates

By that time, I had lived in the United Arab Emirates for fourteen years and had forced busloads of Emirati university students to various archaeological sites and abandoned villages – an experience that probably […]

Fig. 6: Fragment of the 5th tablet of the “Song of Release”, published in H. Otten & Ch. Rüster, Keilschrifttexte aus Boğazköy vol. 32, text no. 15. The tablet is bilingual: on the left there is the column with the Hurrian text, on the right the column with the Hittite translation; from www.hethport.uni-wuerzburg.de

Narrative Literature of Hurrian Origin: Moving Treasures from the Ancient Near East

The ancient definition Hittite scribes employed to classify literary compositions of Hurrian origin was the Sumerian logogram ŠÌR “song”. It is not clear whether they actually were sung, but […]


ASOR Strategic Planning, 2016-2020

For the past five years (2011-2015), ASOR has been well guided by the Strategic Plan adopted by its Board of Trustees in April 2010. Indeed, ASOR has achieved many of the goals identified in the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, especially with respect […]

Figure 9. Female head, ivory. Nimrud, Iraq, 900-700 BCE. The British Museum, BM 118220, © Trustees of The British Museum.

Who’s the Fairest of them all? Feminine Beauty in the Hebrew Bible and Iron Age Ivory Sculpture

From fairy tales to fashion magazines, notions of feminine beauty pervade the world we live in. But what does the Hebrew Bible have to say about this topic? And how might […]

Ancient Mesopotamian Food

Experiencing Ancient Mesopotamian Music and Cuisine for the First Time

When I heard that the Harvard Semitic Museum was hosting an event on ancient Mesopotamian music and cuisine, I was all in. Not only would I get to learn about the past, I’d get to try new food and listen to[…]

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 […]

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