Friday, December 30, 2022

2023 Dig Opportunities

Participating in an archaeological excavation is a unique and exciting way to experience history firsthand. For almost five decades, BAS has been connecting volunteers with opportunities to participate in some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the Middle East. A wide variety of people take part in our featured digs, and individuals of many different ages, backgrounds, and cultures have come together to share the thrill of discovery.

Dozens of archaeological digs in Israel, Jordan, and elsewhere are looking for volunteers to help them excavate history. Whether you’re interested in the worlds of Kings David and Solomon, want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the apostles, or work in an ancient Phoenician city, we’ve got an archaeological dig for you. For each dig, we provide an in-depth description including location, historical and biblical significance, and the goals for the upcoming season. You can also learn all about the dig directors and professors who will lead your summer adventure.

Active Digs
These digs are ongoing but may not run every season.

Steppe Tribes on the North-Western Borders of Khorezm from the 6th-2nd Centuries BCE to the 2nd-4th centuries AD (Based on Materials from the Burial Mound of Kazybaba I)

.N. Yagodin, E. P. Kitov, A. M. Mamedov and K .A. Zhambulatov
ISBN: 978-9943-357-72-3;
Era: V.N. Yagodin, E. P. Kitov, A. M. Mamedov and K .A. Zhambulatov;
Country : Uzbekistan;

On the border area between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, there was the burial ground of Kazybaba I, which is currently the largest of the completely excavated early nomadic burial grounds (from Sauromatian to late Sarmatian time) on the territory of Ustyurt. The remarkable archaeologist Vadim Nikolaevich Yagodin was engaged in excavations of the monument in 1988-1990. As a result of these works, significant archaeological and anthropological material was gathered, which Vadim Nikolayevich did not have time to bring into academic circulation.Another generation of researchers - E. P. Kitov, A. M. Mamedov and K .A. Zhambulatov studied the material from the necropolis stored in the Department of Archaeology at the Institute of Humanities, Karakalpak Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which resulted in the monograph Steppe Tribes on the North-Western Borders of Khorezm from the 6th-2nd Centuries BCE to the 2nd-4th centuries AD (Based on Materials from the Burial Mound of Kazybaba I) published on the basis of the achievements of Vadim Nikolayevich and with the financial support of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies. The significant period between the study of the site and the publication of the monograph made it possible for the authors to more fully analyse the available material against the backdrop of the Sauromatian-Sarmatian monuments in the arid zone of Eurasia.




Archaeologists of Tajikistan

Galina Karimova
ISBN: 978-99947-33-99-6;
Era: Galina Karimova;
Country : Tajikistan



Catalogue of Sogdian writings in Central Asia

Managing Editor: Alim Feyzulaev
ISBN: 978-9943-357-70-9; 
Country : Uzbekistan;

The publication was made by International Institute for Central Asian Studies under the 2022 ACC-MOWCAP (the Asia Culture Center and UNESCO Memory of the World Committee for the Asia-Pacific) Small Grants Programme. The publication is addressed to specialists, university students and a wide range of readers interested in the cultural heritage of the Silk Roads.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Capital Cities in Late Bronze Age Greater Mesopotamia

Capital Cities in Late Bronze Age Greater MesopotamiaEvan Anders Carlson

This dissertation explores the relationships among founding capital cities, defining state territories, and creating and propagating national identities. In the modern period and deep into history, nascent nations struggling to define themselves and unify diverse states have founded capital cities to embody a national ethos, reveal a shared history, direct the relationship among subjects and government, and differentiate a society from its international peers. In the Late Bronze Age (LBA) (1550-1050 BC) Near/Middle East, numerous expanding territorial-states developed means of defining their territories and relationships to their international peers, and these means included founding new capital cities. This dissertation investigates three capital cities built ex nihilo in LBA Greater Mesopotamia (Iraq and Southwest Iran): Dur Kurigalzu in Babylonia (Southern Iraq), Al Untaš Napiriša in Elam (Southwest Iran), and Kar Tukulti Ninurta in Assyria (Northern Iraq). Eponymous kings founded these cities while seeking to unify and control vast territories of overlapping relationships among people, cities, tribes, gods, and kings. These cities exhibited the power of kings who desired total territorial control, but to unify their states and maintain rule over diverse territories, they needed populations to internalize their propaganda. By founding new capitals, these kings tried to combine their personas into a new state identity and encouraged urban, regional, and international groups to interact with their monumental building projects.

The three capitals in question have yielded very different archaeological datasets. These myriad datasets allow an investigation of different issues concerning each capital, including: how the capitals relate to regional state-building projects, how monumental architecture and inscriptions represent ideological manifestations of the king and state, how people interacted in planning and constructing the city, and how different urban populations constructed their own spaces and experienced the monumental schemes. At a regional level, archaeological survey data reveal the commercial and administrative networks that LBA powers developed and utilized to support their new cities and control and unify their territories. Archaeological remains of inscriptions and architecture reveal how rulers used religion and history to create “national” identities that merged the king and state. Analyzing the layouts and uses of space in the cities and the context and content of inscribed material reveals both how kings sought to impose their visions over the spaces where people lived and how people negotiated these systems and merged their practices with the royal visions. Comparing different archaeological datasets from the three different cases and the role of capital cities in ancient and modern periods reveals the motives of those who built, maintained, and abandoned these spaces and the interactions among political forces, populations, and landscapes in forming and maintaining territorial-states.

Carter, Elizabeth F
Carlson, E. (2017). Capital Cities in Late Bronze Age Greater Mesopotamia. UCLA. ProQuest ID: Carlson_ucla_0031D_15812. Merritt ID: ark:/13030/m5m9540m. Retrieved from

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UCLA Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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ProQuest ID: Carlson_ucla_0031D_15812
Merritt ID: ark:/13030/m5m9540m


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Open Access Volume from the monographic Series: Middle Kingdom Studies

edited by Gianluca Miniaci (contact:

Advisory Board:

Dorothea Arnold, Bettina Bader, Marilina Betrò, Marleen De Meyer, Juan Carlos Moreno García,
Alexander Ilin-Tomich, Patricia Rigault, Stephen Quirke, Gloria Rosati, Andréas Stauder, Danijela Stefanović,
Pascal Vernus, Cornelius von Pilgrim, Josef Wegner, Paul Whelan


MKS is a peer-reviewed series with an advisory board of international renown, and from 2018 indexed by Scopus/Elsevier.
The series encompasses all aspects of the Middle Bronze Age in Egypt 2050-1550 BC.
MKS has two aims: to provide, within a focussed editorial structure, new direction and impetus to the Middle Kingdom research; and to create a discussion space for both established and emerging scholars,
who wish to publish new ideas, researches, and findings relating to this period. The series also aims to go beyond a geographical segmentation of ancient history of Egypt,
opening the field beyond its geographical borders, encouraging the submission of studies on Nubian, Mediterranean, and Near Eastern topics relating to that time scope and Egypt.


Peter Jánosi, Claus Jurman, Uta Siffert and Lubica Hudáková (editors)

Art-facts and Artefacts
Visualising the Material World in Middle Kingdom Egypt

(Middle Kingdom Studies 8)

ISBN 978-1906137601

A4, about 102 pages, 16 colour plates

Papers of a conference in Vienna, 2017.


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Micòl Di Teodoro

Labour organisation in Middle Kingdom Egypt

(Middle Kingdom Studies 7)

A4, paperback, 240 pages, including 8 colour plates

ISBN 978-1906137588

UK price: £60 - US price: $120


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The World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1550 BC), Volume II

(Middle Kingdom Studies 2), London 2016

edited by Gianluca Miniaci, Wolfram Grajetzki

360 pages, 8 colour plates A4, ISBN 9781906137489

£75 - $150

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The World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1550 BC), Volume I

edited by G. Miniaci and W. Grajetzki

(Middle Kingdom Studies I), London 2015

A4, paperback, 384 pages, 8 colour plates

ISBN 978-1906137434

UK: £75 - US: $150


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Danijela Stefanović

Dossiers of Ancient Egyptian Women
The Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period

(Middle Kingdom Studies 5)


paperback, 224 + x pages; ISBN 978-1906137519

UK £30 - US $60

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Change and Innovation in Middle Kingdom Art
Proceedings of the MeKeTRE Study Day
held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (3rd May 2013)

(Middle Kingdom Studies 4), London 2016

Lubica Hudáková, Peter Jánosi and Andrea Kahlbacher

hardcover, A4, 144 pages, 16 colour plates, ISBN 9781906137502

£45 - $100

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À la recherche de l’antique Korokondamè

Okorokov A. V., Egorov Ju. O., Aleksandrovskij A. L. (2022) : Поиски античной Корокондамы (версии, исследования, находки) / Poiski antichnoj Korokondamy (versii, issledovanija, nakhodki), Moscou [À la recherche de l’antique Korokondamè (versions, recherches, découvertes)].

Cette cité de Korokondamè, connue par les sources n’a pas été localisée avec précision dans la partie asiatique du royaume du Bosphore, malgré plusieurs tentatives. Les auteurs présentent d’abord le contexte géologique de la péninsule de Taman et notamment des sites occupés par les cités grecques.

Ils présentent l’histoire des recherches, avant d’analyser la validité des différentes propositions, à partir de données archéologiques et géologiques

L’ouvrage propose de localiser Korokondamè à 2,5 km au sud du cap Tuzla, près d’une grande ferme. Une partie de la ville serait sous l’eau du détroit de Kertch du fait des glissements de terrain.

L’ouvrage en ligne :

Le sommaire


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Open Access Monograph Series: Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens

Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens

    Vol. 7

    Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean: Insular Responses to Regional Change
    James Crow and David Hill (eds.)
    404 pp.
    Table of Contents (coming soon)
    ISBN: 978-960-85145-7-7
    EURO 40
    Link to the open access version of the book

    Vol. 6

    An Island Between Two Worlds: The Archaeology of Euboea from Prehistoric to Byzantine Times 
    Proceedings of International Conference, Eretria, 12-14 July 2013
    Žarko Tankosić, Fanis Mavridis, and Maria Kosma (eds.)
    Based on a conference co-organized by the Norwegian Institute at Athens, Ephorate of Antiquities of Euboea, and the Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology-Speleology
    673 pp.
    Table of Contents
    ISBN: 978-96085145-6-0
    EURO 40
    Link to the open access version of the book

    Vol. 5

    Local and Global Perspectives on Mobility in the Eastern Mediterranean 
    Ole Christian Aslaksen (ed.)
    301 pp.
    ISBN 978-960-85145-5-3
    EURO 35
    Link to the open access version of the book

    Vol. 4

    TEGEA II: Investigations in the Sanctuary of Athena Alea 1990-94 and 2004 
    Erik Østby (ed.) 
    465 pp.
    ISBN 978-960-85145-2-2
    EURO 40
    Link to the open access version of the book

    Vol. 3

    TEGEA I: Investigations in the Temple of Athena Alea 1991-94 
    Erik Østby (ed.)
    626 pp.
    ISBN 978-960-85145-1-5
    EURO 60
    Link to the open access version of the book

    Vol. 2

    PARADEIGMATA: Studies in Honor of Øivind Andersen 
    Eyjólfur K. Emilsson, Anastasia Maravela, & Mathilde Skoie (eds.)
    276 pp.
    ISBN 978-960-85145-4-6
    EURO 10
    Link to the open access version of the book

    Vol. 1

    The Many Faces of Byzantine Philosophy 
    Börje Bydén & Katerina Ierodiakonou (eds.)
    243 pp.
    ISBN 978-82-999128-1-5
    EURO 15
    Link to the open access version of the book


      See AWOL's Alphabetical List of Open Access Monograph Series in Ancient Studies

      Open Access Monograph Series: Oriental Institute Publications (OIP)

       [First posted in AWOL 12 September 2015, updated 27 Decemberr 2022]

      Oriental Institute Publications (OIP)
      ISSN: 0069-3367 


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