American Schools of Oriental Research
The American Schools of Oriental Research, (commonly abbreviated as ASOR) founded in 1900, supports and encourages the study of the peoples and cultures of the Near East
Near East
The Near East is a geographical term that covers different countries for geographers, archeologists, and historians, on the one hand, and for political scientists, economists, and journalists, on the other...

, from the earliest times to the present. It is apolitical and has no religious affiliation. Its website is

ASOR convenes a scholarly conference once a year in North America, always beginning 8 days before U.S. Thanksgiving (on a Wednesday evening) and running through Saturday evening. The 2008 conference was held in Boston, MA and drew over 730 scholars and interested lay members from around the world. The 2009 conference was held Nov. 18-21, 2009 in New Orleans.

ASOR also publishes three scholarly publications. Two of the journals are academic flagships in their respective areas: the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research is one of three academic journals published by American Schools of Oriental Research....

presents archaeological, historical, and epigraphic articles on topics from the ancient Near East, and the Journal of Cuneiform Studies
Journal of Cuneiform Studies
The Journal of Cuneiform Studies was founded in 1947 by the Baghdad School of the American Schools of Oriental Research. The journal presents articles about ancient Mesopotamian language and history in English, French and German.-External links:*...

presents articles in English, German, and French on Mesopotamian topics. The organization also publishes Near Eastern Archaeology Magazine
Near Eastern Archaeology Magazine
Near Eastern Archaeology is an American magazine dedicated to the publication of art, archaeology, history, anthropology, literature, philology, and epigraphy of the Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds from the Palaeolithic through Ottoman periods. The magazine is written for a general audience...

, a quarterly that reports recent research for both popular and professional audiences.

ASOR supports three independent overseas institutes, at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research , is an archaeological research institution located in Eastern Jerusalem. The Albright Institute is the oldest American research center for ancient Near Eastern studies in the Middle East. Founded in 1900 as the American School of Oriental...

, Jerusalem, Nicosia
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, and Amman
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. The overseas institutes support scholars working in the Middle East that focus on Near Eastern Archaeology
Near Eastern archaeology
Near Eastern Archaeology is a regional branch of the wider, global discipline of Archaeology...

, Semitic languages
Semitic languages
The Semitic languages are a group of related languages whose living representatives are spoken by more than 270 million people across much of the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa...

, history
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, and Biblical
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  • King, Philip J. American Archaeology in the Mideast: A History of the American Schools of Oriental Research (1983).
  • Clark, D.G. and V.H. Matthews 100 Years of American Archaeology in the Middle East: Proceedings of the American Schools of Oriental Research Centennial Celebration (2003).

External links

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

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