Stepping It Up (Like a Ziggurat): Education, ASOR, and the Twenty-First Century

By monitoring a wide range of social media, ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative seeks to identify and document destruction as it occurs in real time with a view to developing plans to restore Syria and Iraq’s cultural heritage. Image from the Syrian Heritage Initiative Weekly Report 18.

By monitoring a wide range of social media, ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative seeks to identify and document destruction as it occurs in real time with a view to developing plans to restore Syria and Iraq’s cultural heritage. Image from the Syrian Heritage Initiative Weekly Report 18.

Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 79, No. 4 (December 2016) article, “Stepping It Up (Like a Ziggurat): Education, ASOR, and the Twenty-First Century,” by Susan E. Alcock. Alcock serves as special counsel for institutional outreach and engagement and is professor of classical archaeology and classics at the University of Michigan.

The special burden ASOR bears, namely, the fact that its core geographical focus is notoriously in the news, gives its members an especial opportunity and incentive to be vocal on the topic of heritage loss. In this essay, the author discusses the importance of education outreach in this time of heightened awareness of and sympathy for the plight of cultural remains in the Near East, exploring ways that archaeologists can engage and educate the public at a scale that will not only help in the preservation of material culture in this troubled part of the world, but will also lead to a greater understanding for the region and its people, past and present.


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