I will soon arrive in New Orleans, LA to attend the annual ASOR meeting.
For those wondering what this is, I post the following:
- ASOR = the American Schools of Oriental Research, headquartered at Boston University
- ASOR’s Mission Statement:
Founded in 1900, ASOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to the archaeology of the Near East. ASOR’s mission is to initiate, encourage and support research into, and public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times
• By fostering original research, archaeological excavations, and explorations
• By encouraging scholarship in the basic languages, cultural histories and traditions of the Near Eastern world.
• By promoting the educational goals of Near Eastern studies disciplines and advocating high academic standards in teaching and interdisciplinary research.
• By maintaining an active program of timely dissemination of research results and conclusions.
• And by offering educational opportunities in Near Eastern history and archaeology to undergraduates and graduates in North American colleges and universities, and through outreach activities to the general public.
Every year in the Fall, ASOR has a meeting which features presentations on the year’s work. Other meetings such as the Biblical Archaeological Society “Bible Fest”, the Near East Archaeological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature take place around the same time and in the same place as ASOR. Some people are able to stay long enough to attend and/or present at all of these meetings.
I will only be attending the ASOR sessions. but especially look forward to the presentations on the Khirbet Qeiyafa/Elah Fortress excavations from this summer. Formal reports will be given on the glass bottle, the olive pits and pottery we discovered. We will get to see how these things things fit together, and begin to understand what they mean.
Khirbet Qeiyafa is the only excavation to receive two complete, dedicated ASOR sessions – an indication of how prominent this site has become.
I’ll report more on ASOR over the next three days from NOLA.