ASOR annual meeting started Wednesday night (Nov. 17th)

The ASOR annual meeting began Wednesday night, Nov. 18th with a plenary session featuring lectures on Cyprus by Kevin Fisher and Edgar Peltenburg. The opening reception followed, and the conference is now (Thursday morning) in full swing. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta. See the following URL for more information on the annual […]

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Information on candidates for ASOR board of trustees posted online

Information was posted online today for candidates for the ASOR board of trustees. The ASOR membership and representatives from institutional member schools will elect new trustees at the ASOR members’ meeting that will take place on Friday, November 19th at the ASOR annual meeting. Details about the candidates and the openings is found at the […]

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back issues of NEA and BA available to ASOR members at steep discounts

Member Inventory Reduction Sale for Near Eastern Archaeology/ Biblical Archaeologist Please note: these prices are only available to individual members who membership is current. There are 3 options: 1) single copies at a discount; 2) Sets from 2002–2009 at a special “set” price; 3) Boxed sets containing all back issues that ASOR has available from […]

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ASOR Newsletter 60.2-3 (Summer/Fall [2010]) is in the mail and also available online for free

ASOR is pleased to announce that ASOR Newsletter 60.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2010) has now been mailed and posted online at the ASOR home page (www.asor.org). As a reminder, the ASOR Newsletter is available online for free at www.asor.org. In addition, ASOR journals are available via Atypon Link: the last 3+ years of ASOR journals are available […]

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ASOR books and site reports available at steep discounts from DBBC (up to 90% off)

The David Brown Book Company (DBBC) is having an inventory reduction sale of ASOR volumes and site reports that are more than 5 years old. These volumes are available at steep discounts (up to 90% off in some cases). Books should be ordered directly from DBBC (use the links below). Ancient Naukratis: Part Two: Excavations […]

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BASOR 359 (August 2010) available online to subscribers

ASOR is pleased to announce that BASOR 359 (August 2010) has now been posted online at Atypon Link. This issue (and almost 4 years of back issues) is available to BASOR online subscribers and members who have chosen an online subscription as part of their membership. You may access the table of contents for free […]

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NSF Points to Open Context for Publishing Project Data

The National Science Foundation’s Archaeology Program links to Open Context (http://opencontext.org) as an option for grant seekers to archive and disseminate archaeological research data. See here for an example. The NSF also links to Digital Antiquity’s tDAR (http://tdar.org) project, a related effort with greater emphasis on North American archaeology. Earlier this year, the NSF announced […]

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NEA 73.2-3 (special issue on the archaeology of Lebanon) available online for subscribers

ASOR is pleased to announce that NEA 73.2-3 (June/September 2010) has now been posted online at Atypon Link. This double issue is 144 pages and focuses on the archaeology of Lebanon. This issue (and almost 4 years of back issues) is available to online subscribers of NEA and to ASOR members who have chosen an […]

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FEATURED POST by Christopher Rollston: The Probable Inventors of the First Alphabet

The Probable Inventors of the First Alphabet: Semites Functioning as rather High Status Personnel in a Component of the Egyptian Apparatus Christopher Rollston Introduction: For some time, there has been discussion about the social status of those that developed (“invented”) Alphabetic Writing (i.e., elites or non-elites). Therefore, the nuanced discussion between O. Goldwasser (2010 and […]

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ASOR Opens its Boston Archives

BU Today (Boston University) is announcing that ASOR (The American Schools of Oriental Research) is opening its archaeological archive in Boston to the public. Included in its collections are diaries of archaeologists; rare photos of various excavations, including Qumran in the West Bank, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered; and miscellanea, like a reproduction […]

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BASOR 358 (May 2010) available online for subscribers

ASOR is pleased to announce that BASOR 358 (May 2010) has now been posted online at Atypon Link. This issue (and 3+ years of back issues) is available to BASOR online subscribers and members who have chosen an online subscription as part of their membership. You may access the table of contents for free here […]

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Help ASOR Survey Holt Cemetery in New Orleans

Posted by Michael Homan On Wednesday, November 18th, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, members of the American Schools of Oriental Research will be volunteering at Holt Cemetery in Mid-City New Orleans. We will be working with Save Our Cemeteries to record the current condition of Holt Cemetery. This includes surveying individual graves and their […]

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Robert Cargill & the Acquisition of Dead Sea Scroll Fragments by APU

Robert Cargill posts “On the Aquisition of Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments by Azusa Pacific University.”

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It’s the Tooth: Dental Remains & Archaeology

Contributed by Jaime Ullinger, Ohio State University Dental anthropology is a vital part of bioarchaeology, which is the study of human remains in archaeological contexts. Dental enamel (the hard, white outer covering of the tooth) is the hardest material in the human body, and teeth are often preserved even when bones are not. Not only […]

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Adrift Again on Noah’s Ark

Contributed by Eric Cline. Mea culpa. For more than a week now, I have remained silent, simply rolling my eyes amid news reports that Randall Price is going in search of Noah’s Ark this coming summer (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,486684,00.html; dated 2 Feb 2009). Eighteen months ago, in Sept 2007, I published an op-ed in the Boston Globe […]

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Call for Papers and Sessions 2009 Annual Meeting

Contributed by Kelley Bazydlo We are happy to announce that the Call for Papers and Sessions for ASOR’s 2009 Annual Meeting is now on ASOR’s web site (link). This year’s meeting will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans from November 18-21, and you can find full information about registration, travel, and […]

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Mohammad “Abu Ahmed” Adawi, Chef at ACOR 1968-present

Contributed by Sarah Harpending, American Center of Oriental Research Mohammed “Abu Ahmed” Adawi has spent more than 40 years cooking for archaeologists in Jordan and Palestine. He began as a laborer at the dig in Jericho with Kathleen Kenyon in 1956. By 1960 he was cooking at ASOR in Jerusalem under then Head Chef Omar […]

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The Siege of Masada: Piecing Together the Puzzle

Contributed by Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus ended his monumental, multi-volume account of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (the Jewish War) with the story of a mass suicide at Masada. According to Josephus, some 960 Jewish rebels holding out on top of Masada – […]

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Creating a Digital Archaeology Community around the Mediterranean

Contributed by Thomas E. Levy, Stephen Savage and Chaitan Baru Over the past five years, there has been a synergy of archaeological research that focuses on the application of information and digital technologies for advancing research and public outreach. One of the centers of this confluence of archaeology and computer science is researchers working in […]

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Welcome to the ASOR Blog

Welcome to the ASOR blog. This blog is meant to facilitate ASOR’s mission “to initiate, encourage and support research into, and public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times.” For comments and questions, contact Eric Cline, Michael Homan, or Sarah Whitcher Kansa.

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