The Generative Power of The Always-Yet-Never-Here Apocalypse

The funny thing about the apocalypse is that it has never happened, and yet it is always in our face and right around the corner. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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