ASOR joins LCCHP and Other Organizations in Warning of Cultural Heritage Emergency in Egypt

ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) LogoASOR has added its name and support to a statement expressing concern over the potential loss of cultural heritage in Egypt. While human life and well-being are of primary importance, much of Egypt’s cultural identity is rooted in its proud cultural heritage, dating back thousands of years. Reports of museums being looted and artifacts like mummies being destroyed are devastating to Egypt’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.

Here is the statement in its entirety:

The undersigned cultural heritage and archaeological organizations express their concern over the loss of life and injury to humans during the protests in Egypt this week. We support the desire of the Egyptian people to exercise their basic civil rights. We also share their concern about the losses to cultural heritage that Egypt has already sustained and the threat of further such losses over the coming days.

Brave actions taken by the citizens of Cairo and the military largely protected the Cairo Museum. However, the numerous sites, museums and storage areas located outside of Cairo are even more vulnerable. As the prisons are opened and common criminals are allowed to escape, the potential for greater loss is created. A recent report from Egyptologist Professor Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama in Birmingham states that damage has been done to storage areas and tombs in Abusir and Saqqara and that looting is occurring there and in other locations.

We call on the Egyptian authorities to exercise their responsibilities to protect their country’s irreplaceable cultural heritage. At the same time, we call on United States and European law enforcement agencies to be on the alert over the next several months for the possible appearance of looted Egyptian antiquities at their borders.

For a link to ASOR’s Policy on the Preservation and Protection of Cultural Property, click here.

For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, visit www.culturalheritagelaw.org.

this week’s sign that the apocalypse is upon us: jim west is on twitter

Dr. Jim West on Twitter

Dr. Jim West is now on Twitter @drjewest.

yes, jim west is now on twitter.
so follow him @drjewest!

(this ought to be fun!)

i still remember

i still remember the day the challenger exploded, jan. 28, 1986. I was in the 7th grade. my math teacher, mr. aldrich’s father, worked in the space industry. it was 8:30 in the morning in california.

it still makes me cry every time i watch it.

bravo gil meche, bravo

Gil Meche

Gil Meche

Gil Meche has retired from Major League Baseball. This is nothing special; baseball players retire all the time. However, it is the manner in which he did so that is so refreshingly rare, it’s stunning: Meche retired, forfeiting his guaranteed $12 million contract for this coming season. And the reason he gave: he felt he wasn’t earning it:

“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche told the paper from his temporary home in Lafayette, La. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

“This isn’t about being a hero — that’s not even close to what it’s about,” Meche said. “It’s just me getting back to a point in my life where I’m comfortable. Making that amount of money from a team that’s already given me over $40 million for my life and for my kids, it just wasn’t the right thing to do.”

In a world dominated by greed in pro sports, this (regardless of any possible ulterior motive he may have) is commendable. He followed his principles and maintained his integrity over and above any money he might receive. And the fans will love him for it!

Bravo Gil Meche, bravo!

honestly, it’s not my truck

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but someone in l.a. has an indy-themed adventure boot camp.

evidence it isn’t mine:
1. it’s not a hybrid
2. my idea of adventure camp is a summer course in targumic aramaic with my aramaic professor, yona sabar (here and here and especially here).

curious to know who and what it is…

call for papers for the ‘blogging and online publication’ section at the 2011 sbl annual meeting is now open

Biblioblogger logoThe call for papers for the ‘Blogging and Online Publication’ section at the 2011 SBL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA is now available. The meeting will be held November 19-22, 2011.

SBL members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website here by March 1, 2011.

The SBL Blogger and Online Publication section invites proposals for papers for its 2011 annual meeting session. The open session calls for papers focusing on any area of blogging and online publication in relation to biblical studies, theology, and archaeology of the Levant. Special consideration will be given to those papers addressing:

  • the politics and etiquette of blogging professionals
  • issues dealing with anonymity, identity, and authorship
  • the utilization of blogs by professionals for creating, responding to, and redacting content for publication elsewhere
  • podcasting and video blogging
  • issues examining solo blogging vs. community blogging

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Robert R. Cargill
Center for Digital Humanities
UCLA
1020 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1499

or email cargill@humnet.ucla.edu.

hit and run fail (and the much deserved result)

sometimes, criminals get caught in the most glorious of manners. take, for instance, this hit-and-run driver, who attempted to get away from those whom he injured and whose property he destroyed.

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