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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Jim West Article

Jim West writes about the responsibility facing archaeologists in his article Stalemate: Archaeological Research, The Public, and Our Responsibility at bibleinterp.

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(Inter-) National Treasure 3. A Tale of Junk Science, Pseudo-Archaeology, and the Copper Scroll

Posted by Eric H. Cline, George Washington University Gather ye round, my friends and colleagues, and let me point you to a wondrous tale — the story of an arson investigator from Oklahoma named Jimmy Barfield; a man with no training in archaeology or philology, yet who claims to have “cracked the code” of the […]

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WAC Ramallah Conference

Posted by Morag Kersel on behalf of the World Archaeological Conference True to its foundational principles, the World Archaeological Congress will hold its first “Middle East” meeting to focus on the powerful relationship between archaeology, heritage and politics. The archaeology of the West Bank and its surrounding region is enormously significant as the location where […]

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Archaeology, Politics, and the Media Symposium at Duke

Duke University is sponsoring a symposium on the relationship between archaeology and the media and its impact on politics. The conference will be April 23-24. Update: Check out Bob Cargill’s post about the conference (link). Symposium Flyer & CJS Link.

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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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“Weathering Life” at the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan

Contributed by Sarah Tobin, ACOR Fellow, PhD Candidate at Boston University Perched atop a hillside across from the University of Jordan, ACOR is the perfect location for observing the patterns of life in Amman. Each morning, trucks delivering cooking gas to neighborhood homes drive by, announcing their presence with what can only be described as […]

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“Digging” the Financial Crisis

Contributed by Aren M. Maeir, Institute of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University The world wide financial crisis that is now being felt by all is apparently here to stay. While the adverse effects on the global economy, on the one hand, and on all of our personal finances on the other, are well-known, I believe, that as […]

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Chronicle Article on Golb Controversy

Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education features an article entitled The Fall of an Academic Cyberbully by Steve Kolowich. It mentions many ASOR members.

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Networks of Plunder

Science News has just published an article by Bruce Bower that discusses antiquities trafficking. It’s called “Networks of Plunder,” and it starts off with the following dramatic sentence: Every day for months, Morag Kersel walked through the streets of Jerusalem to interview researchers, antiquities dealers, museum officials and others about the trafficking of ancient goods: […]

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Secrets of The Bible’s Buried Secrets

Contributed by Tristan Barako, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Providence Pictures When The Bible’s Buried Secrets premiered on PBS this past November, it was NOVA’s most watched show in the past five years, attesting to the enduring interest that biblical archaeology holds for the general public. The two-hour special was produced by Providence Pictures, where I now […]

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Archaeologists and Journalists: Please Stop Finding the Garden of Eden!

Contributed by Michael M. Homan, Xavier University of Louisiana. I just read that they found the Garden of Eden again. It seems to have moved from its previous locations in Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Jerusalem. The latest location of chez Adam & Eve is at Gobekli Tepe. While it is truly an amazing […]

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Hisham M’Farreh, Chef at the Albright Institute (1994-Present)

Contributed by Hisham M’Farreh Food is considered an essential element of human life. As in the old Arabic saying, “the shortest route to someone’s heart is through his stomach.” I have been working as a cook at the Albright Institute (AIAR) in Jerusalem for about fifteen years, a job which I took after my uncle […]

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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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