khirbet qeiyafa lectures
The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series continues on
Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Lynn Wood Auditorium, Southern
Martin G. Klingbeil, D.Litt., will present "Ancient Near Eastern
Passports: Two Stamp Seals from Khirbet Qeiyafa
Admission is free.
Some of the greatest finds discovered in archaeological excavations
are surprisingly small. Ancient Neat Eastern seals are only about
the size of a thumbprint but they have been intricately engraved
with letters and images that can tell us a lot about the
socio-political, cultural, and, most interestingly, religious
affiliations of their owners. These objects served as the equivalent
of modern passports and authenticated not only business transactions
and political treaties, but also served as important artifacts in
the cultic sphere of the Ancient Near East. The lecture will provide
an introduction to the interpretation of seals and focus
specifically on two seals found at Khirbet Qeiyafa in area D during
the 2011 season, which have not been published before.
With thanks to Jack Sasson for the heads up.
Jim West, ThD
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