Here you will find presentations and video clips of our travels
This presentation was given on April 7, 2016 on the campus of Andrews University as part of a Thursday Series on Faith Integration. We presented how archaeology complements the Biblical text and has enhanced our understanding of the stories we know so well.
This video was shot at Khirbat Ataruz, an Iron Age site that was conquered by Mesha, a Moabite king. We know of Mesha from a famous stele called the Moabite Stone or Mesha Stele. The account given on the stele is also described in 2 Kings 3, but from a different perspective. In this short clip we are excavating a very large storage jar that was curiously lined with flat stones. Several oil lamps were found surrounding it.
This video was created by Stefanie for one of her PhD classes to accompany a paper she wrote on the lion hunts of Ashurbanipal (668 - 631 BCE), the last great king of Assyria. The video has since been published by ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) on their website as a teaching tool. The panels depicted in the video are monumental in scale and were carved in bas relief on alabaster. Discovered in the North Palace of the king in the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh (located near modern Mosul in Iraq), the panels were excavated in the 19th century and shipped to the British Museum where they remain to this day. In ancient Assyria, lion-hunting was considered the sport of kings, symbolic of the ruling monarch’s duty to protect and fight for his people. The sculpted reliefs depict this horrific event with tension and realism, and rank among the finest achievements of Assyrian Art. They depict the release of the lions, the ensuing chase and subsequent killings in brutal and realistic ways.