Category Archives: Discussion

The aesthetics of scholarship

“I know archaeology is not always exciting, but does it have to get that boring?”, I often ask myself when reading through another archaeological article. The language is stilted, the sentences dry, the concepts uninspiring. Yes, I do understand that … Continue reading

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The Assyrian century: interpretations of texts and ruins

The debate about the economic impacts of the Assyrian rule of the Levant is continuing. As discussed in previous posts about the Pax Assyriaca and the trade through Mediterranean ports, there are diverging views on the extent to which the … Continue reading

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Pax Assyriaca

Once upon a time on the eastern shores of the sea there were many little kingdoms fighting for dominance, trying to exert control over each other. The frequent raids into the territories of neighbours made life uncertain. The enmity stifled … Continue reading

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Remembering the past

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four the main character works in the Ministry of Truth, which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. He revises old newspaper reports so that the historical record always supports the party line. Because … Continue reading

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The tabun and its misidentification in the archaeological record

Recently the article The tabun and its misidentification in the archaeological record by Jennie Ebeling and M. Rogel was published in the journal Levant. It examines the current and past use of tabun bread ovens in the Levant. For a … Continue reading

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Sons or Lovers: Jonathan and David

In my last post, I showed some of the implications of J. David Schloen’s book for small-scale archaeological interpretation. But I think that some of its approaches are even more valuable for insights into the history of the area and … Continue reading

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The house of the father as fact and symbol

Now and then a book comes along in any discipline that asks new questions, highlights the preconceived notions that are at work in the discipline and allows some practitioners to explore new avenues of research. In the area of Near … Continue reading

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