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Tim Harrison Sea Peoples Tayinat

Sea Peoples in North Syria and the Mediterranean Coast

Who were the Philistines? The Israelites’ greatest enemy, and their relationship to the Sea Peoples at the end of the Late Bronze Age, continues to fascinate scholars and the public alike. But new interpretations of […]

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 […]

Sarah Wenner Nabataean and Roman Period

Udhruh and Its Hinterland during the Nabataean and Roman Periods [VIDEO]

In ca. 300 CE, the Roman army built a legionary fortress for the legio VI Ferrata at the site of Udhruh, 15 km east of Petra in southern Jordan. The site’s long history began prior to the construction of the fortress, […]


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 […]


Hatra Image Gallery

Please take a look at the bellow photo gallery of Hatra circa 2009 and 2010. Brought to you by The Ancient Near East Today. With a special thank you to the photographers, Suzanne Bott and Col. Mary Prophit, US Army. […]


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 […]


Breaking In: Women’s Representation in Archaeology [VIDEO]

During the Women at Work: Making One’s Way in the Field of Near Eastern Studies session at the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Valerie Schlegel presented as a discussant. Her presentation, “Breaking In: Women’s […]


Hatra, The Lesser Known Splendors of a Parthian Frontier Town

With threats to the antiquities of Syria and Iraq growing daily, so too does the imperative to document fast disappearing sites. But in January 2015 what historians and archaeologists had feared since IS took […]


Tomb Tracking: A New Burial Survey of Roman Galilee (1st-6th cent. CE)

Eldad Keynan, a native of Israel’s Galilee region, finishes a lunch of hummus and pita on the outskirts of the Christian town of Mailia, and engages in the customary post-prandial coffee with none other than the restaurant owner […]


Heritage Mapping and Data Integration

In continuing our discussion on the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and ASOR, known as the Syrian Heritage Initiative, focusing now on the initiative’s remote sensing, mapping and arches. I’m speaking with Dr. Scott Branting […]


“Cultural Heritage Monitoring and the Syrian Heritage Initiative,” Featuring Dr. Michael Danti

In continuing our discussion on the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and ASOR, known as the Syrian Heritage Initiative, we spoke with Syrian Heritage Initiative […]


Inscribed Statue Bases from Ptolemaic Alexandria

In spite of the fact that most of the ancient Alexandrian sculptures have been lost due to several factors, the Alexandrian soil has still yielded a considerable number of statue bases, which were discovered scattered in different parts of the city. B. Tkaczow, […]


ASOR Survives the Storm

This winter has been an eventful one. In Boston, where our main office is located, we’ve seen more than 100 inches of snow. Only 5.8 inches shy of the all-time record of 107.8 inches that fell in 1995-96! This is the snowiest month on record, the snowiest February, and the second […]


ASOR’s Journey to be Green

The ASOR office staff has made some efforts to be a little greener as we do our part to further Near Eastern archaeology. News@ASOR as replaced our print newsletter, saving a lot of paper! Each issue of News@ASOR reaches 1,450 subscribers. The Ancient Near East Today e-newsletter […]


“Syrian Heritage Initiative a Natural Fit for ASOR,” Featuring Dr. Susan Ackerman

Last year ASOR had two firsts – our first female president, and a $600,000 cooperative agreement with the Department of State. At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, I sat down with ASOR President […]


Celebrating Carol Meyers

Together with Susan Ackerman and Chuck Carter, I was privileged serve as editor of the new festschrift honoring Carol Meyers, Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands (Eisenbrauns 2015), and to have contributed an article to it (“Plaque Figurines and the Relationship between […]


Beyond the Sea: New Light on Mediterranean Colonization

Like a sea in continuous motion, Mediterranean communities are constantly changing and adapting through time, while paradoxically maintaining their distinctive character. As an archaeologist studying the earliest […]


Gender and Jewelry at Hasanlu

How do we show others who we are? This problem was as present in antiquity as it is today. As an art historian, I’m particularly interested in the role that dress and personal adornment have played in the creation and expression of gendered […]


Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium – Luncheon Presentation [VIDEO]

On November 23rd, the Syrian Heritage Initiative hosted a public Symposium at the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The more than 80 attendees included ASOR members, representatives of other groups […]


Life and Happiness: A Petitionary Reading of the Horizontal Wadi el-Hôl Inscription

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Aren Wilson-Wright presented his paper, “Life and Happiness: A Petitionary Reading of the Horizontal Wadi el-Hôl Inscription.” He also took the […]

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