American Schools of Oriental Research

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The American Schools of Oriental Research ( ASOR for short ) is an American non-profit organization based in Boston , which has been promoting and supporting research into the Ancient Orient since it was founded in 1900 .

It was founded under the leadership of the Archaeological Institute of America , the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Oriental Society , and its founding members included Harvard University , Princeton University , Yale University , Columbia University , Boston University , Johns Hopkins University and Andover Theological Seminary , Episcopal Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the New Yorker Union Theological Seminary and the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati .

The association had maintained a scientific institute in Jerusalem under the name American School of Oriental Research since 1900 , and WF Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) since 1970 . In 1925 a new building was built for this. Other associated research institutes are the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman (ACOR) and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia .

Today the ASOR has 1,315 private members, 95 institutional members and three research institutes as cooperating members. It publishes the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR), Journal of Cuneiform Studies (JCS) and Near Eastern Archeology (NEA) as well as the ASOR Annual (AASOR) and ASOR Archaeological Report Series (ASOR-ARS). It also organizes an annual conference.

The religious scholar Susan Ackerman of Dartmouth College , New Hampshire , has served as president since January 2014 .


  • Philip J. King: American Archeology in the Mideast. A History of the American Schools of Oriental Research. ASOR, Philadelphia 1983, ISBN 0-89757-508-3 .
  • Joe D. Seger (Ed.): To ASOR Mosaic. A Centennial History of the American Schools of Oriental Research 1900-2000. ASOR, Boston 2001, ISBN 0-89757-033-2 .

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  1. ^ Professor Susan Ackerman appointed president of ASOR