Pamela Koulianos

Beyond Ceramic Unguentaria

A Closer Look at Late Antique Trade of Glass Unguentaria in the Roman Province of Egypt

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Notes on Archaeological Discoveries from Qatar

ANET_Dec2014_BannerBy: Sultan Muhesen and Faisal Al Naimi

Background

Qatar was once best known for pearls. In the twentieth century this … Read more

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Cursing in the Ancient Near East

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By: Anne Marie Kitz

All families fight and sometimes what sound like harsh words are used. But what is … Read more

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MarcMarin

Filling in the Gaps: New Technologies for Archaeological Reconstructions

Case Studies of the Exhibitions ‘Before the Flood: Mesopotamia, 3500–2100 BC’ and ‘Mediterranean: From Myths to Reason.’

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2014 ASOR Annual Meeting Plenary Address: Jason Ur [VIDEO]

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The Renaissance of Archaeology in Iraq and its Kurdistan Region

The 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting was held in sunny San … Read more

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Extensive Recent Looting Revealed

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Image of Mari (Tell Hariri) taken March 25, 2014.

The very important ancient site of Mari (Tell Hariri) in Deir … Read more

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Do not Ostracize the Ostraca: a Discussion on ASOR’s Proposed Ethics

On Friday, November 21st, members are invited to discuss the proposed ASOR ethical guidelines. We want to hear from

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Ur III list of barley rations to adults and children.

Children in the Ancient Near East

Nov2014_ANET_BannerBy: Kristine Garroway

Why have children been such a neglected issue in ancient Near Eastern studies, both from the Read more

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Haihua Tian

Biblical Monotheism and Translating the First Commandment in the Chinese Context

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By: Haihua Tian, Sichuan University, Noble Group Fellow

Archaeology plays a significant social scientific role in understanding the world of … Read more

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Pagan Monotheism in the Early Islamic Period

Dong XiuyuanBy: Dong Xiuyuan, Shandong University, China
Noble Group Fellow

Pagan Monotheism refers to a different (if not independent) type of … Read more

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Susan Ackerman PODCAST

FOA Podcast: “State of Biblical Archaeology Around the World,” Featuring Dr. Susan Ackerman

In this episode ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe discusses the present ups and downs of studying Read more

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Philistine Pottery in the Core and Periphery

Production Centers, Stylistic Groups and Individual Artists

7-Linda-Meiberg-blogBy: Linda Meiberg, University of Pennsylvania
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

The … Read more

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Aerial photograph of Marj Rabba, Areas AA and BB, taken from a hexacopter using a GoPro (Photo by A.C. Hill).

New Data on the Chalcolithic Period

Marj Rabba and the Galilee Prehistory Project

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Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals

Tzvi-AbuschBy: Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University
Annual Professor

I was in residence at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem from January – … Read more

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“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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