Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year. The Museum is open before and after the lectures.
Dec. 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m. / Professor Ron Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, PTS / "Betwixt and Between: The Give and Take of Life in the Borderlands of Biblical Judah" / Cosponsored with The Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh
Throughout history many groups of people have lived "betwixt and between" competing forces. The ancient site of Tel Zayit, excavated by Professor Tappy under the sponsorship of PTS, gave rise to such liminal communities century after century. Those who lived and died at Tel Zayit enjoyed benefits but also faced challenges brought by calling a borderland community their home. Although this area generally belonged to the lowlands district of ancient Judah, it lay in an often-contested zone wherein cultural and certainly political associations shifted from time to time, primarily between the highlands to the east and the coastal plain to the west. Dr. Tappy’s lecture will outline the enduring status of Tel Zayit’s strategic borderland position by drawing on historical, textual, and archaeological evidence from three periods in the tell’s 3,500-year depositional history.
Feb. 4, 2016 / Professor Ron Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, PTS / "The Samaria Ostraca: Shipping Dockets Discovered on Ancient Israel’s Capital Hill" / Please note: This lecture will be held at Rodef Shalom Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pa. / Cosponsored with The Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh
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During one such recent lecture, Richard Talbert, William Rand Kenan professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discussed "The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at its Most Creative." Listen to the lecture.
When space is available, archaeology courses at PTS may be audited through the Registrar's Office. Because PTS courses are graduate level, a four year college degree is normally a prerequisite. Check the list of upcoming available courses.