A Rare Discovery at Tel Achziv: A Phoenician Clay Mask Mold from the Ninth Century B.C.E.

Renewed excavations on the tell of Achziv in the north of Israel by a French-Israeli team have led to the discovery […]

Image courtesy of Brandy Forrest with permission from the Tall el Hammam Excavation Project.
This example demonstrates the clarity of the Roman wall as well as the intersection of an older Middle Bronze Age structure. The image not only documents this section of excavation but also gives perspective against the backdrop of the larger geographical area.

How to Use Photography to Document Ancient Sites and Why It’s Important

Archaeological excavation photography (AEP) is a means of documentation vital to both the historical and archaeological record. […]

Victory stele of Naram-Sin

Masculinities and Third Gender: Gendered Otherness in the Ancient Near East

Their masculine identity was considered to be ambiguous. These persons can be classified as belonging to a third gender. […]

Architects at the MRAMP site.

Lessons Learned from a New Collaborative Archaeological Adventure

It all began over a decade ago. Then Director General of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA), Fawwaz Al-Kraysheh, sat me down in his office, looked me straight […]

On the le , the oven in Room IV; on the right, the mud-brick platform a er removal of the oven. (Courtesy of the University of Hawaii Tell Timai Project)

A Hellenistic Household Ceramic Assemblage from Tell el-Timai (Thmuis), Egypt: A Contextual View

Large deposits of domestic pottery from primary contexts in Ptolemaic Lower Egypt are uncommon and seldom presented in their entirety. […]

The oil press, showing two cross-shaped press frames in the eastern wall.

A Clay Bread Stamp from Khirbet et-Tireh

The clay bread stamp presented here was found at in a monastic complex dating to the Late Byzantine-Early Islamic period at Khirbet et-Tireh, approximately 16 km northwest of Jerusalem. […]

F. Lloyds (c. 1853), design for the scenery for ‘Sardanapalus’, a 1821 historical tragedy by Lord Byron, amongst others based upon Diodorus (c. 1853 performed in the Princess’s Theatre, London –producer Charles Kean), watercolour and bodycolour, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Diodorus of Sicily’s Library and the Ancient Near East

Though I was acquainted with the figure and work of Diodorus of Sicily, it only became familiar to me thanks to my work on another Greek author, Ctesias of Cnidus. Fifteen-odd years ago, I started to […]

Cypro-Minoan clay tablet from Enkomi, Cyprus. Image: Mikhail Ryazanov via Wikimedia Commons

What language(s) did the Philistines speak?

The evidence that we have for the language(s) spoken by the Philistines is not plentiful, but what we do have is interesting (though far from conclusive). Two types of evidence predominate: (1) inscriptions that may […]


Top 5 ASOR Articles of 2016

2017 has officially begun! We’d like to thank all of our Friends of ASOR (and lurkers) who come back to the ASOR Blog to read article after article! Here’s a look back at the five most popular articles of 2016. […]


Twitter Recap: 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting

A big thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting an amazing event. We couldn’t have done it without you! Also, to everyone […]

Proto-cuneiform tablet

Ask a Near Eastern Professional: How the Sumerians Got to Peru

There was indeed a “Sumerian bowl” found in the late 1950s near Lake Titicaca, at the site of Hacienda Chúa, about 75 miles north of La Paz. The dark bowl has a prominent rim and a […]

Meeting of Tamar and Judah, Tintoretto

It’s Complicated: Biblical Exercise for the Theological and Ethical Imagination

Why does the Bible matter? Why do we continue to talk about, turn to, and study a diverse assortment of narratives, poems, laws and prophetic proclamations at least two millennia […]


Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and Sensualities [PODCAST]

In a recent Friends of ASOR podcast, I spoke with Uroš Matić over Skype about his recent Near Eastern Archaeology 79.3 article, “Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and […]

Behistun/Bisitun inscription. Figure © Jenny Rose.

Good Public Relations: What Persian Propaganda Tells Us About the ‘Nehemiah Memoir’

Stretching from Egypt to the Indus River, the Persian Empire was the largest empire yet seen in the ancient Near East. Typically, the Hebrew Bible depicts ancient […]

Weld-Blundell prism in the Ashmolean Museum containing an Old Babylonian version of the Sumerian King List

The Sumerian King List or the ‘History’ of Kingship in Early Mesopotamia

Of course, there is no such thing as a Sumerian king list. The text usually referred to as the ‘Sumerian King List’ (SKL) is a composition somewhere between a literary text and a list proper […]

Deir el Medina

The State of Matrimony without the State: New Kingdom Egyptians and Marriage

Marriage is ubiquitous in human societies. But any examination of marriage in ancient Egyptian society requires us to disengage from modern social and […]


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 […]

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