Lectures

Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year. The Museum is open before and after the lectures.

Upcoming Lecture

Translation of the Mesha Stele
Andre Lemaire
Sept. 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Epigrapher Andre Lemaire worked on translating the Mesha Stele, also known as the Moabite Stone, a ninth century BCE monument that arguably mentions the “House of David,” thereby tying together the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their fighting with ancient Moab. Andre Lemaire is director of studies at École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Interested in learning more about future lectures and events? Send your name and address to museum@pts.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Past Lecture

In March 2019, Curator Emerta Nancy Lapp recounted stories from her life and career to illustrate the changes in Near Eastern archaeology during the course of her work and study from the late 1950s to the present day. Her personal story provides valuable insights into the emerging history of a modern-day discipline.

From 1955, when Nancy became the first female student of William F. Albright (the “father of American Near Eastern archaeology”) to her overnight stay in a sandy wadi of the Iraqi desert in 1958 . . . from her unexpected journey on a Russian ship to Beirut in 1960 to local revolutions and a regional war . . . from her becoming curator of the Kelso Bible Lands Museum in 1970 to her travels and numerous publications of today, Nancy’s archaeological journey has spanned more than half a century and included a treasure trove of adventures and discoveries—sometimes unexpected ones, as explorations of ancient remains inevitably mixed with contemporary events.

Continuing Education

When space is available, archaeology courses at PTS may be audited through the Registrar's Office. Because PTS courses are graduate level, a bachelor's degree is normally a prerequisite. Check the list of upcoming available courses.