(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 […]

Blood moon.

Does the Bible Claim that the Sun and Moon stopped in their Tracks?

The sun and moon have been in the news lately; Pastor John Hagee has claimed that recent blood moons have biblical significance of cataclysmic proportions concerning modern day Israel […]


5 Easy Tips For Promoting Your Dig

Ever wish more people knew about your dig site and the research being completed? Here are 5 easy tips to promote your your research, increase your visibility to potential funders, and establish yourself as an expert […]


World Heritage Day Symposium Twitter Recap

World Heritage Day—Protecting, Preserving, and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of the Near East to the Public ASOR and AIA (The Archaeological Institute of America), in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution […]

Nazareth 1934. Matson Collection, Library of Congress.

Jesus as a Security Risk: Intelligence and Repression in the Roman Empire

Intelligence personnel tend to have a view of events that differs from historians, even other people in government, and certainly from the general public. They are often accused of being realpolitikers […]

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Sex Crimes in the Laws of the Hebrew Bible [PODCAST]

I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wells about what constituted as a sex crime according to the Hebrew Bible all those years ago. Although biblical texts identify a range of sexual behavior as […]

Tell Asmar, Northern Palace drainage system, arched brick drain below street in F15. Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Diyala Archaeological Database, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Trash and Toilets in Mesopotamia: Sanitation and Early Urbanism

The recent celebration of World Toilet Day in November 2015 shone a spotlight on the variety of modern sanitation systems. Some 35% of the world’s population has no access to clean […]

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