What is CAP (Committee on Archaeological Research and Policy)?
CAP supports excavations and related research in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean regions by encouraging high standards for excavations and fostering deliberate and ethical practices for research. Scholars and academic institutions may apply for ASOR affiliation of their projects through CAP. Their efforts receive advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism through a peer review process. CAP currently manages the proceeds from the ASOR-held Harris Endowment for Biblical Archaeology. Through these funds it provides modest grants to worthy field projects, particularly to newer and smaller projects to help them get started, as well as other ASOR-affiliated projects to give support for research and analysis leading to the publication of materials.
The Committee on Archaeological Policy also manages ASOR's Policy on Preservation of antiquities.
The Chair of CAP is currently Prof. Oystein S. LaBianca, who became Chair on January 1, 2009.
The Secretary of CAP is currently Prof. Benjamin Porter, who became Secretary on January 1, 2009.