Morag Kersel in her T3 Tilley Hat.

What’s in your dig bag, Morag Kersel?

Even though I’ve been vigilant about sunscreen, water, and hats for decades this winter I had a tumor removed from my nose – the result of 20+ years of sun exposure. I never want another needle in my nose and I now have a Beko gear nose guard […]

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Transverse Linear Enamel Hypoplasia lines

The Life and Health of Assyrian Queens

When great Queen Yaba’ of Nimrud passed away, she left a curse to those who would dare disturb her final resting place. Despite her warning, excavations from 1988 to 1990 in the northwest palace of King Assurnasirpal II in the […]

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Jenn Thum Poster Reflectance Transformation Imaging

Rediscovery with Reflectance Transformation Imaging – Annual Meeting Poster [VIDEO]

This paper presents the contents of the block as revealed through Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and digital epigraphy. The author applied these technologies as part of […]

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Samantha Lindgren Dig Bag

What’s in your dig bag, Samantha Lindgren?

In our “What’s in your dig bag?” series, we asked working field archaeologists what they carry with them out in the field. We wanted to know what gear they love and what items might be unique to them. I wear a loose cloth hat with a brim[…]

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seven churches ANET May

Living and Working in the Shadow of the Seven Churches

I first came to Turkey in 1992 during my doctoral research on the Book of Revelations. My visit to the Seven Churches – the seven early churches or congregations mention in the Book of Revelations – was life-changing. The […]

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Nigin ANET May

Working in Sumer: the New Italian Archaeological Expedition at Nigin, Southern Iraq

Despite Iraq’s troubles, archaeological research continues to expand. The Italian Archeological Expedition to Tell Surghul, ancient Nigin, started in February 2015. The project […]

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Mark Schuler Dig Bag

What’s in your dig bag, Mark Schuler?

A typical day pack won’t work at our site. We have a bit of a daily hike up the mountain and must carry everything except large tools. Since basalt tends to be rough on nylon, I use a Maxpedition – Vulture-II™ backpack. It holds 34 liters of […]

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Jeff Blakely Dig Bag

What’s in your dig bag, Jeff Blakely?

In our “What’s in your dig bag?” series, we asked working field archaeologists what they carry with them out in the field. We wanted to know what gear they love and what items might be unique to them. I use a 5″ on a mud-brick site […]

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Tyrian Purple Pigments

Setting the Archaeo-Chemical Record Straight Regarding Tyrian Purple Pigments and Dyes

His paper, “Setting the Archaeo-Chemical Record Straight Regarding Tyrian Purple Pigments and Dyes,” was engaging, entertaining, informative, and full of […]

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What's in your dig bag, Aren Maeir

What’s in your dig bag, Aren Maeir?

In our “What’s in your dig bag?” series, we asked working field archaeologists what they carry with them out in the field. We wanted to know what gear they love and what items might be unique to them. I use a backpack with […]

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Reconstructed entrance to the Northwest palace. Photograph by the 94th Engineering Battalion, October 2008.

11 Photos from Nimrud

Reports indicate that ISIS has destroyed portions of the Assyrian city of Nimrud. Check out these 11 photos from 2008-2010 that document some of what may have been lost. 1. Aerial view of Nimrud during the 1950s. 2. Aerial photograph of Nimrud showing topography and principal […]

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Egyptian Pigment Palette

Green Pigments: Exploring Changes in the Egyptian Pigment Palette [VIDEO]

From the Late to Roman Periods (712 BCE–364 CE) through Multispectral Imaging and Technical Analysis. Caroline Roberts was nice enough to volunteer to present her paper for ASORtv. This paper looks at […]

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Figure 1. Part of the Chester Beatty papyri showing portions of the Book of Enoch in Greek (P.Mich.inv. 5552; third century C.E), University of Michigan Library)
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Zodiac Calendars and Angelic Teaching in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Angels are often associated with secret knowledge but not usually with authentic mathematics. In several of the Dead Sea Scrolls there is a complicated network of parallel stories in which angels impart secret knowledge of […]

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Jeffrey Zorn Ancient Storage Bins

Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Nasbeh and the Role of the State

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Jeffrey Zorn of Cornell University presented his paper, “Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Nasbeh and the Role of the State,” during the Archaeology of […]

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Jennie Ebeling Dig Bag

What’s in your dig bag, Jennie Ebeling?

My dig bag may look ratty, but it’s special to me. I bought it 20 years ago in Tucson and it has all kinds of hidden pockets that occasionally yield surprises, like long-lost flash drives, old Burts Bees lip balms, and the key to the ground stone artifact […]

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archaeology podcast Pyla-Koutsopetria I Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town

“Interview with the Author: Pyla-Koutsopetria I,” Featuring William Caraher

In this episode of the Friends of ASOR Podcast, we’re excited to bring you an interview with William Caraher, one of the authors of Pyla-Koutsopetri I: Archaeological Survey of a Ancient Coastal Town. The book […]

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Eric Welch Dig Bag

What’s in your dig bag, Eric Welch?

In our “What’s in your dig bag?” series, we asked working field archaeologists what they carry with them out in the field. We wanted to know what gear they love and what items might be unique to them. I’m a baseball hat guy. In my mind, the Indiana […]

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Sexual Harassment, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Keeping Fieldwork Safe

Keeping Fieldwork Safe from Sexual Harassment and Physical Violence

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Beth Alpert Nakhai not only chaired the Women at Work: Making One’s Way in the Field of Near Eastern Studies session, but also presented a paper and was a discussant for another […]

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Conservation and Heritage Preservation of the Syrian Heritage Initiative

In continuing our discussion on the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and ASOR, known as the Syrian Heritage Initiative, we’re discussing the preservation projects of the initiative […]

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Archaic text from Uruk, MSVO 3, no. 1, now on permanent loan by the State of Berlin to the Vorderasiatisches Museum. http://cdli.ox.ac.uk/wiki/lib/exe/detail.php?id=the_late_uruk_period&media=images:lateuruk04.jpg

From Banning to Changchun: Cuneiform Studies Online, Today and Tomorrow

Paper publication of cuneiform artifact photographs has not progressed much since I was a graduate student in Germany in the 1980s. Instead, the advent of web-based […]

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