This is a call for papers for a new session entitled, “The Ancient Red Sea: Archaeology, Trade, and Cultural Exchange”, for the 2008 ASOR annual meeting. This meeting will be held in Boston, MA from November 19-22, 2008. The website for the meeting is http://www.asor.org/AM/am.html . I envision a session of four or five papers, of 15 minutes in length, perhaps with a respondent if time permits.
Papers on any topic associated with the ancient Red Sea are welcomed. This includes papers from chronological periods spanning the beginnings of exploration by the Egyptian Pharaohs until the collapse of the Umayyad dynasty. Geographically, papers examining the modern Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and the regions connected by these bodies of water will be considered. Topically, papers could cover the results of archaeological excavations, analysis of materials, discussion of trade, cultural exchange, or other topics related to the ancient Red Sea.
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