Archaeology Under Threat and in Peril: An Update on ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Work in Syria and Iraq


UA Hillel
1245 East 2nd Street
Tucson , AZ


Mon, 04/04/2016 - 4:00pm to Thu, 10/06/2022 - 8:05am

ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Initiatives is a cooperative agreement between ASOR and the U.S. Department of State that is designed to document, protect, and preserve the cultural heritage of war-torn Syria and northern Iraq. More than 700 significant heritage sites have been damaged and documented since fighting began in 2011. Although the destruction of cultural property represents only part of the humanitarian crisis, these harmful actions threaten our common world heritage and the cultural diversity of the people in Syria and northern Iraq. We have an ethical obligation to respond, and the ASOR project is part of an international effort to work with Syrians  to protect their heritage and cultural identity.

Andrew G. Vaughn was appointed in 2007 as executive director of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), located at Boston University.  He is also Administrative Director and co-PI for ASOR's Cultural Heritage Initiatives.  Previous to this appointment, Vaughn was associate professor of Hebrew bible at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN (1997-2007). He received the Ph.D. degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a past Fulbright Fellow at Tel Aviv University. His teaching and research interests include archaeology, Semitic languages and epigraphy, and Israelite religion. He is a past recipient of SBL’s Mitchell Dahood Memorial Prize, which recognizes younger scholars of the ancient Near East for excellence in research.  His books are Theology, History, and Archaeology in the Chronicler’s Account of Hezekiah (Scholars Press, 1999) and an edited volume on Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period (SBLSS 18; SBL, 2003). Vaughn has published articles in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Tel Aviv, Ugarit-Forschungen, Near Eastern Archaeology, and Journal of Semitic Studies as well as in numerous volumes of collected essays.

This lecture will take place at Hillel on the University of Arizona campus located at 1245 East 2nd street. The lecture will begin at 4 P.M. 

Parking will be available at 2nd street garage.