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ACADEMIC PROGRAM

2015 ASOR ANNUAL MEETING



*Please note that dates, times and rooms are subject to change
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
7:00-8:15pm Plenary Address

Venetian Ballroom


Susan Alcock (Brown University), “Stepping it Up (Like a Ziggurat): The Place of ASOR in the 21st Century?
Opening Reception

8:15-10:00pm


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sessions 1A – 4H


1A. The History of Archaeology

Windsor A


CHAIR: Danielle Steen Fatkin (Knox College), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


Joseph Greene (Harvard University), “David Gordon Lyon and the Beginnings of ‘Biblical Archaeology’ at Harvard” (20 min.)
8:45

Samuel Wolff (Israel Antiquities Authority), “R.A.S. Macalister: A Fresh Look After 100 Years” (20 min.)
9:10

Hoo-Goo Kang (Seoul Jangsin University), “Stratum I of Tel Lachish in Light of New Excavations in 2014–2015” (20 min.)
9:35

Rachel Hallote (Purchase College SUNY), “Indiana Jones, Archaeology’s Past, and Real-World Implications of the Public’s Interest in Archaeology” (20 min.)
10:00
General Discussion (25 min.)


1B. Remembering Sharon Zuckerman: The Southern Levant in the Bronze and Iron Ages

Windsor B


Theme: Dr. Sharon Zuckerman passed away at the end of November 2014, in the midst of her life. Sharon was a brilliant researcher and a talented archaeologist. This session is dedicated to her memory and works.
CHAIR: Shlomit Bechar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


Introduction (5 min.)

8:25


Matthew J. Adams (W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research), “The Archaeology of Abandonment at EB I–II Megiddo” (15 min.)
8:45

Shlomit Bechar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Late Bronze Age Administrative Palace at Tel Hazor” (15 min.)
9:05

Jesse Millek (Universität Tübingen), “Destruction and Egyptian Hegemony in the Southern Levant: An Examination of ‘Egyptian’ Sites Destroyed at the End of the Late Bronze Age” (15 min.)
9:25

Jennie Ebeling (University of Evansville) and Danny Rosenberg (University of Haifa), “Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Basalt Vessel Industries at Hazor: Is There a Connection?” (15 min.)
9:45

Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa), Ilan Sharon (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Paula Waiman-Barak (University of Haifa), “Contextualizing the Wenamun Report: Dor and Egypt in the Early Iron Age” (15 min.)
10:05

Irene J. Winter (Harvard University), “‘Ahab’s House of Ivory’: Jezebel, Samaria, and the Phoenicians” (15 min.)
1C. Prehistoric Archaeology

Windsor D


CHAIR: Yorke Rowan (University of Chicago), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


April Nowell (University of Victoria), Daniel Stueber (University of Victoria), Carlos Cordova (Oklahoma State University), James Pokines (Boston University), and Christopher Ames (University of California, Berkeley), “Getting Blood from a Stone: Residue and Use-Wear Analysis of Bifaces from Shishan Marsh 1 (Jordan)” (20 min.)
8:45
Mike Freikman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Into the Darkness: Shamanism in Context” (20 min.)
9:10

Austin Hill (University of Connecticut), Yorke Rowan (University of Chicago), and Morag Kersel (DePaul University), New Survey in the Wadi Ashert, Israel” (20 min.)
9:35

Yorke Rowan (University of Chicago), Gary Rollefson (Whitman College), Alexander Wasse (University of East Anglia), Austin Hill (University of Connecticut), and Morag Kersel (DePaul University), “Excavation and Survey in the Wadi al-Qattafi, Jordan: Results of the 2015 Season” (20 min.)
10:00

Benjamin Saidel (East Carolina University), “Intrusive Pastoralists: Redating the Nahal Mitnan Cairns Fields in the Western Negev, Israel” (20 min.)
1D. Archaeology and Biblical Studies I

Windsor E


Theme: This session explores the intersections between and among history, archaeology, and the Jewish and/or Christian Bibles and related texts.
CHAIR: Jonathan Rosenbaum (Gratz College), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


Introduction (5 min.)
8:25

Laura Wright (Johns Hopkins University), “The Worship of Ptah-El in Late Bronze IIB Burials” (20 min.)
8:50

Daniel Warner (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), “Amplification of Canaanite Cult Based upon Refined Archaeological Methodologies” (15 min.)
9:10

Chris McKinny (Bar-Ilan University), Boaz Zissu (Bar-Ilan University), Oron Schwartz (Tel Aviv University), Gabriel Barkay (Bar-Ilan University), and Alexander Fantalkin (Bar-Ilan University), “Kiriath-Jearim: Archaeological Investigations of a Biblical Town in the Judean Hill Country” (20 min.)
9:35
Laura Mazow (East Carolina University) and Deborah Cassuto (Bar-Ilan University), “Did Goliath Carry an Aegean Long Sword? On Reading menor orgim (weaver's beam) as a Weaving Sword” (20 min.)
10:00

Rami Arav (University of Nebraska at Omaha), “The Origin of the Israelites and the Theory of Liminality” (20 min.)

1E. Cyber-archaeology in the Middle East Today

Venetian I & II


CHAIR: Thomas Levy (University of California, San Diego), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


Introduction (5 min.)
8:25

Kyra Kaercher (University of Pennsylvania Museum) and William Hafford (University of Pennsylvania), “Ur Digitization Project: Designing and Testing a Digital Research Tool” (15 min.)
8:45

Caitlin Chaves Yates (International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies), “Network Analysis of Early Bronze Age City-States of Northern Mesopotamia” (15 min.)
9:05

Eric Kansa (Open Context), “Research Impacts of Linked and Open Archaeological Data: Case Studies from the Eastern Mediterranean” (15 min.)
9:25

Joseph Weinstein (BBN Technologies), Reinterpreting INAA Data from Southern Levantine Pottery in the Light of Modern Geological and Geochemical Knowledge” (15 min.)
9:45

Neil Smith, (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Jens Schneider (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thomas Levy (University of California, San Diego), and Christopher Rollston (George Washington University), “The Edomite Stamped Handle Seal Impressions and Inscription Found at Khirbat Al-Iraq: Implications for Understanding the Social Complexity, Trade, and Specialization of Late Iron II Edom.” (15 min.)
10:05

Emily Wilson (University of Chicago) and Shannon O'Donovan (University of Denver), “Data Mining and the Persepolis Fortification Archive” (15 min.)
1F. Archaeology of Anatolia I

Venetian III & IV


Theme: This session focuses on current archaeological research in Anatolia and presents the results of excavations and surveys.

CHAIR: Levent Atici (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Presiding


PRESENTERS:

8:20


Arkadiusz Marciniak, (University of Poznan), “The Late Neolithic Architecture and Inhabited Space in Central Anatolia. The Excavations in the TPC Area at Çatalhöyük East” (20 min.)
8:45

Sharon R. Steadman, (The State University of New York College at Cortland) and Gregory McMahon, (University of New Hampshire), “Discoveries in the 2015 Season at Çadır Höyük in North Central Anatolia” (20 min.)
9:10

Stephen Batiuk, (University of Toronto) and Timothy Harrison (University of Toronto), “The Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project 2013–2015” (20 min.)
9:35

Cumhur Tanriver, (Ege University), “Old Smyrna: New Excavations in a Premier Anatolian City” (20 min.)
10:00

Timothy Matney, (University of Akron), “Urban Anatomy and City Planning at a Neo-Assyrian Regional Center: Results of Geophysical Surveys at Ziyaret Tepe/Tushhan” (20 min.)
1G. Pigments, Paints, and Polychromies in the Ancient Near Eastern Context (II): Experiencing and Reconstructing the Colors of the Ancient Near East

Venetian V & VI


Theme: This workshop is addressed to professionals from conservation science, museum studies, archaeology and history working on the role of color in the ancient Near Eastern art and architecture.
CHAIRS: Alexander Nagel (Smithsonian Institution) and Shiyanthi Thavapalan (Yale University), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


Astrid Nunn (University of Würzburg), “Polychromy on Mesopotamian Stone Statues” (20 min.)
8:45

Sebastiano Soldi (National Archaeological Museum), “Colored Glazed Ceramics from Tell Afis and Zincirli: Examples of Architectural Devices in the Northern Levant during the Iron Age” (20 min.)
9:10

Kai Kaniuth (University of Munich), “Two Neo-Babylonian Glazed Bricks from Borsippa” (20 min.)
9:35

Susanne Ebbinghaus Eremin (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums) and Katherine Eremin (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums), “Dazzling Colors? Questions about the Original Polychromy of a Relief from Persepolis” (20 min.)
10:00

General Discussion (25 min.)

1H. Archaeology of Monasticism

Trippe
Theme: Relationships between Monasteries and Settlements


CHAIR: Asa Eger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

8:20


Introductin (5 min.)
8:25

Jennifer Westerfeld (University of Louisville), “Tracing Monastic Activity in Upper Egypt: the 'Nunnery' at Abydos Revisited” (15 min.)
8:45

Mark Schuler (Concordia University), “οἶκοι to Monastery: an Interpretative Possibility for the Northeast Insula at Antiochia Hippos” (15 min.)

9:05


Cynthia Villagomez (Winston-Salem State University), “The Economic Production And Networks Of Syrian Monasteries In Late Antiquity And The Early Islamic Period”  (15 min.)
9:25

Veronica Kalas (Freelance Academic), “Cappadocian Rock-Carved Settlements and Byzantine Monasticism” (15 min.)
9:45

Alessandra Ricci (Koç University), “Connecting Physical Landscapes: Middle Byzantine Monasteries in Constantinople`s Asian Hinterland” (15 min.)
10:05

Fotini Kondyli (University of Virginia), “Shared Experiences and Contested Spaces: Monastic Landscapes in Late Byzantine Northern Aegean” (15 min.)

2A. Reports on Current Excavations—ASOR Affiliated

Windsor A


CHAIR: James Osborne (University of Chicago), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

10:40


Bethany Walker (University of Bonn), “New Perspectives on Village Life at Tall Hisban, Middle Islamic Period” (20 min.)
11:05

James Riley Strange (Samford University), “Report of the 2015 Season of the Shikhin Excavation Project” (20 min.)
11:30

Robert Chadwick (Bishops University), “A Newly Discovered Cave Tomb at Khirbat al-Mudayna on the Wadi ath-Thamad” (20 min.)
11:55

Steven Ortiz (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Samuel Wolff (Israel Antiquities Authority), “Excavations at Tel Gezer: An Update on the Last Three Seasons” (20 min.)
12:20
Eric Cline (George Washington University), Assaf Yasur-Landau (University of Haifa), and Andrew Koh (Brandeis University), “Results of the 2015 Excavation Season at Tel Kabri, Israel” (20 min.)

2B. The Levantine EB III: Re-evaluation and New Vistas I
Windsor B
Theme: Given the new, higher Early Bronze Age chronology, the session is a timely re-evaluation of current scholarly syntheses in the Levantine EB III. Papers address interconnections, urbanization, periodization, and new vistas on the period. This session is a follow-up to the 2014 ASOR session on the Levantine Early Bronze IV period.

CHAIR: Suzanne Richard (Gannon University), Presiding

PRESENTERS:
10:40
Stefania Mazzoni (University of Florence), “Northern Levant in EB III: the International Landscape of Secondary Urbanization” (20 min.)

11:05
Melissa Kennedy (The University of Sydney, Australia), “Developing Urbanism in the EB III of the Upper Orontes, Syria: Ceramics, Chronology and Foreign Relations” (20 min.)

11:30

Karin Sowada (Macquarie University, Australia), “New Chronological Synchronisms between Egypt and the Levant during the Third Millennium BC” (20 min.)
11:55
Marta D'Andrea (Sapienza University of Rome) and Agnese Vacca (Italian Archaeological Expedition to Ebla), “Evidence for Connectivity between the northern and southern Levant during EB III” (20 min.)

12:20
Valentina Tumolo (Biblisch-Archäologischen Instituts (BAI) der Ev.-Theologischen Fakultät - Eberhard-Karls-Universität), Felix Höflmayer (OREA Institut für Orientalische und Europäische Archäologie), “The EB III Evidence at Khirbet ez-Zeraqon: Re-evaluation of the Occupational Sequence in the Light of the High Early Bronze Age Chronology for the Southern Levant” (20 min.)


2C. Archaeology of the Near East: Bronze and Iron Ages I
Windsor D
Theme: Ceramics and related analyses
CHAIR: Erin D. Darby (University of Tennessee), Presiding

PRESENTERS:


10:40
Mara Horowitz (Purchase College SUNY), “A Drink Among Friends: The Crater Across 1,000 Years at Tell Atchana-Alalakh” (20 min.)
11:05

Zuzana Chovanec (State University of New York at Albany), Shlomo Bunimovitz (Tel Aviv University), and Zvi Lederman (Tel Aviv University), “Was There Indeed a Late Bronze Opium Trade? New Evidence from Organic Residue Analysis (ORA) of Base Ring I Juglets from Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel” (20 min.)
11:30

David Ben-Shlomo (Institute of Archaeology, Israel), “Pottery Production in Iron Age Jerusalem” (20 min.)
11:55

Margreet Steiner (Independent Scholar), “The Case of Enigmatic Cypro-Phoenician Juglets” (20 min.)
12:20

Barak Monnickendam-Givon (Boston University and Hebrew University, Israel), “Local Style in Global Fashion: Pottery Production at Tel Dor during the Classical Periods.” (20 min.)
2D. Archaeology and Biblical Studies II

Windsor E


Theme: This session explores the intersections between and among history, archaeology, and the Jewish and/or Christian Bibles and related texts.
CHAIR: Jonathan Rosenbaum (Gratz College), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

10:40


Introduction (5 min.)
10:45

Elizabeth Bloch-Smith (Villanova University),“The Impact of Siege Warfare on Biblical Conceptualizations of Yahweh” (20 min.)
11:10

Omer Sergi (Tel Aviv University), “Why Were the Omride Palaces Obliterated in Act and Memory?” (20 min.)
11:35

Mitka Golub (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Theophoric Elements in Names on Unprovenanced Hebrew Bullae: A Comparative Study” (20 min.)
12:00
Erin Hall (Tel Aviv University), “Benjaminite-Judahite Tensions in Persian Period Yehud”
12:20

Clint Burnett (Boston College), “Misappropriation and Manipulation; The Abuse of Archaeological Materials in The Reconstruction of The Worship of Roman Emperors in Anatolia and Its Significance for Interpreting The Letters of Paul” (20 min.)
2E. Technology in Archaeology: Recent Work in the Archaeological Sciences

Venetian I & II


CHAIR: Andrew J. Koh (Brandeis University), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

10:40
Introduction (5 min.)

10:45
Steven Karacic (Bryn Mawr College) and Arlo Weil (Bryn Mawr College), “Estimated Firing Temperatures for Pottery from Tarsus-Gözlükule Using Magnetic Susceptibility” (15 min.)
11:05

Zvi C. Koren (Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art), “Molluskan Purple Pigments from the Phoenician, Persian, and Roman Periods: Scientific Results” (20 min.)
11:30

Danial Perry (Utah Valley University), “Three-Dimensional Laser Scanning Methods and Techniques Implemented at the Beit Lehi, Israel Archaeological Dig Site” (20 min.)
11:55

Alice Hunt (University of Georgia) and Robert Speakman (University of Georgia), “Portable XRF Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics: the Good, the Bad, the Reality” (20 min.)
12:20

Carolyn Swan (University College London, Qatar), “Analyzing the Chemical Composition of Glass Artifacts from the Islamic Port of Ayla (Jordan)” (20 min.)
2F. Archaeology of Anatolia II

Venetian III & IV


CHAIR: Levent Atici (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

10:40


Jason Kennedy, (Binghamton University), “Ceramic Use and Commensal Relations at Ubaid Kenan Tepe: A Use-Alteration Perspective” (20 min.)
11:05

Pinar Durgun, (Brown University), “Extramural Cemeteries and their Importance in Reconstructing the Social Systems in the Early Bronze Age Anatolia” (20 min.)
11:30

Sarah MacIntosh (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Levent Atici (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Sachihiro OmuraI (Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology), “Is There a Correlation between Sociopolitical Organization and Bone, Antler, and Ivory Technology? Preliminary Data from the Central Anatolian Bronze and Iron Age Site Kaman-Kalehӧyük” (20 min.)
11:55

Sarah E. Adcock (University of Chicago), “The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall? Exploring the Late Bronze Collapse at the Hittite Capital and a Rural Town” (20 min.)
12:20

Jennifer Ross, (Hood College), “Of Moulds and Mends: Changes in Technological Systems from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron Age on the Anatolian Plateau” (20 min.)
2G. Archaeology of Feasting and Foodways

Venetian V & VI


CHAIRS: Janling Fu (Harvard University), Jonathan Greer (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary), and Cynthia Shafer-Elliot (William Jessup University), Presiding
Theme: Production
PRESENTERS:

10:40


Introduction (5 min.)
10:45

Andrew McCarthy (CAARI, Cyprus), “Playing with Fire: Experimental Neolithic Cooking in Cyprus” (15 min.)
11:05

Elizabeth R. Arnold (Grand Valley State University), Jonathan S. Greer (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary), David Ilan (Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology), and Yifat Thareani (Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology), “Local Meals? Imported Sacrifices? An Isotopic Investigation of Animal Resources at the Site of Tel Dan” (15 min).
11:25

Jesica Jayd Lewis (North Carolina State University), “Syssitia and Pre-Roman Cretan Society” (15 min.)
11:45
John Marston
(Boston University) and Kathleen Forste (Boston University), “Investigating Economic and Social Impacts of Agricultural Production and Consumption at Islamic Ashkelon”
12:05

Deirdre Fulton (Baylor University), “In the Shadow of the Great Tel: Consumption at Tel Megiddo East” (15 min.)
12:25
Janling Fu (Harvard University), “Red-slipped and Burnished Pottery as a Proxy for Feasting Activity” (15 min)
2H. From Diospolis (Lod) to Ramla - A Case Study for Measuring Changes in Settlement and Society in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East

Trippe
Theme: The session focus is on Byzantine Lod-Diospolis and Early Islamic Ramla, presenting the results of recent excavations, and elaborating on the development and changes in settlement and society within the cities and their hinterlands in the Byzantine and Early Islamic periods.


CHAIR: Gideon Avni (Israel Antiquities Authority), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

10:40


Introduction (5 min.)
10:45

Yehiel Zelinger (Israel Antiquities Authority), “Diospolis and its Hinterland during the Roman and the Byzantine Periods.” (25 min.)
11:15

Hagit Torge (Israel Antiquities Authority), “New Discoveries in Roman Diospolis (Lod): A Wealthy Villa with Magnificent Mosaic Floors.” (25 min.)
11:45

Oren Gutfeld (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Who Built the City of Ramla? New Discoveries from the Excavation North of the White Mosque” (25 min.)
12:15

Amir Gorzalczany (Israel Antiquities Authority), “New Insights on Early Islamic Industry and Urbanism in the Light of the IAA Excavations South of Ramla” (25 min.)
12:45-1:45pm ASOR Members’ Meeting, Susan Ackerman, Presiding (Windsor D)
3A. Hesi Regional Project: Survey of Results

Windsor A

CHAIR: James W. Hardin (Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University), Presiding
PRESENTERS:

2:00


Introduction (5 min.)
2:05
Christofer Howell (Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University) and Geoffrey E. Ludvik (University of Wisconsin—Madison), “Technology, Style, and Meaning: A Contextual Approach to a Faience Amulet from Khirbet Summeily” (20 min.)
2:30

Dylan Karges (Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University), “Creativity in the Archaeological Record: A Potter’s Experiment Frozen in Time” (20 min.)
2:55
Michele D. Stillinger (University of Minnesota) and Joshua M. Feinberg (Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota), “Archaeomagnetic Dating at Khirbet Summeily: New Results and their Application to Addressing the Iron I/IIA Chronology Debate” (20 min.)
3:20

Fred L. Horton (Wake Forest University), “Hesi and Monasticism” (20 min.)
3:45

Jeffrey A. Blakely (University of Wisconsin—Madison), Lawrence E. Toombs (deceased), and Roger W. Anderson, Jr. (deceased), “The Economic Base of Early Bronze Age Hesi” (15 min.)

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