“Une figurine d’envoûtement paléo-babylonienne,” Beiträge zur Altorientalischen Archäologie und Altertumskunde. Festschrift für Barthel Hrouda zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. P. Calmeyer et al., Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 1994, 97–101, XIII.

Witchcraft in Ancient Mesopotamia

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By: Daniel Schwemer

Belief in witches was as widespread in Mesopotamia as it was in Europe. Incantation and ritual texts … Read more

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Mass grave in cave Lachish showing skulls of some individuals buried after the Assyrian conquest of Lachish under Sennacherib in 701 BC (from Lachish III, Pl. 4).

Horrors of War in the Ancient Near East

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By: Jordi Vidal

War in the Middle East seems ever-present. But the study of war has been neglected, no more … Read more

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6 Things You Need to Know About ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative

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By: Kurt Prescott

Beginning August 4, 2014, the American Schools of Oriental Research entered into a cooperative agreement with the … Read more

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The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition – Toward a New and Improved Version

By: Ronald Hendel

Textual criticism — the comparison of ancient texts of the Hebrew Bible — has been revitalized by … Read more

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The 2014 RAP excavations at Gird-i Dasht showing Islamic fortifications of the early modern era at the mound’s summit.

Kurdistan 2014: Archaeology amid Uncertainty

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By: Michael Danti

War seemed at the doorstep of Kurdistan, but the ASOR-affiliated Rowanduz Archaeological Program (RAP) conducted its second … Read more

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When were the Israelites? Understanding Israelite Identity in the Pre-Exilic Period

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By: C.L. Crouch

Scholars have long asked, “Who were the Israelites?” Less frequent is the question, “When were the … Read more

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WorldMap – Geospatial Visualization and the Digital Humanities

By: Jeff Howry, Ph.D., Research Associate, Semitic Museum

WorldMap is a collaborative, interactive web-based mapping platform, not just a static … Read more

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Karak Resources Project: 2014 Excavation at Mudaybi, Jordan

By: J. Dwayne Howell, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Campbellsville University

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Sunrise on the Fajj al-Usaykir.

Mudaybi, Jordan is … Read more

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Andrews University Sicily Excavation

By: Joel E. Lisboa, Andrews University, Platt Fellowship 2014

Studying archaeology, reading books related to the subject, and obtaining good … Read more

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Architecture and Archaeology: What an Architect Does Among Archaeologists

The Case of Tell Masaikh, Syria and Qasr Shamamok, Iraq

At the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting, Pedro Azara, of … Read more

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“Gilgamesh: Civilization vs. Natural World,” Featuring J.J.M. Roberts

In this episode, ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe spoke with Jimmy Jack McBee Roberts (J. J. … Read more

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Managing Egyptian Heritage – A Master Degree offered by the French University in Egypt and Paris 1 Sorbonne Pantheon

By: Fekri Hassan, Emeritus Petrie Professor of Archaeology, University College London

As the winds of political change were sweeping the … Read more

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Ur of the Chaldees. A Virtual Vision of Woolley’s Excavations at Ur

By: Gareth Brereton

Tell al-Muqayyar – better known as the ancient city of Ur – is one of the most … Read more

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Tucson, August 1984

By: Alex Joffe Tucson in August is predictably hot. But no one had told us that the center lanes on … Read more

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David’s Jerusalem

By: Daniel Pioske

In a letter sent to Charlemagne sometime just prior to 800 CE, Alcuin of York praised his … Read more

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“The Legacies of Herod the Great,” featuring Professor Barbara Burrell

Near Eastern Archaeology, Volume 77, Issue 2 was a special issue focusing on Herod the Great. Herod has … Read more

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ASOR Members’ Most Memorable Annual Meeting Moment

ASOR’s membership spans across many fields of study. We’re fortunate to have historians, geologists, archaeologists, and so many more among … Read more

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“The Tablet That’s Changing an Old Story,” featuring Professor Alan Millard

In this episode, ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe talks with professor and author Alan Millard. The … Read more

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View of the Erbil Citadel. Photo courtesy Michael Danti.

Kurdish Heritage on the Fast Track

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On the Erbil Citadel, the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization (HCECR), headed by Dara … Read more

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Psychedelics and the Ancient Near East

By: Diana L. Stein

As courts today debate whether to legalize or regulate the use of drugs like cannabis, it … Read more

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