The American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR), founded in 1900 as the American School of Oriental Study and Research in Palestine, is an international organization whose mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into, and public understanding of, the history and cultures of the Near East and wider Mediterranean, from the earliest times to the present, by:
Fostering original research, exploration, and archaeological fieldwork;
Encouraging scholarship in the region’s languages, texts, traditions, and histories;
Disseminating research results and conclusions in a timely manner, through a robust publication program, annual meeting, and other venues;
Adhering to the highest ethical standards of scholarship and public discourse;
Upholding the highest academic standards in interdisciplinary research and teaching;
Promoting educational opportunities for undergraduates and graduates in institutions of higher education around the world;
Developing engaging programs of outreach for the general public;
Supporting and participating in efforts to protect, preserve, and present to the public the historic and cultural heritage of the Near East and the wider Mediterranean and to raise awareness of its degradation.As of 2019, the ASOR headquarters is now located in Alexandria, VA. It is apolitical and has no religious affiliation. Sharon Herbert began her term as President starting in January 2020. Susan Ackerman served as President from 2014-2019.ASOR collaborates with three independent overseas institutes:
Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem – former directors of which include Millar Burrows who was instrumental in the first publications of the Dead Sea scrolls.
Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia.
American Center of Research, Amman.The overseas institutes support scholars working in the Middle East that focus on Near Eastern Archaeology, Semitic languages, history, Biblical studies, among a variety of other fields, spanning great temporal range. The institutes are also members of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
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