Posted by Eric H. Cline, George Washington University Gather ye round, my friends and colleagues, and let me point you to a wondrous tale â€” 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 â€œcracked the codeâ€ of the […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education features an article entitled The Fall of an Academic Cyberbully by Steve Kolowich. It mentions many ASOR members.
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 ASORâ€™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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]