Why Archaeology Matters: The Case of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

February 27, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Room 240
Art Building West

The context in which an archaeological discovery is made is often as important as the object itself. This lecture will discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls and the relevance and importance of the caves and settlement in which they were found. The various archaeological interpretations of the settlement at Qumran will be discussed, as will the subsequent interpretations of the scrolls that result from the various interpretations.

Sponsered by School of Art and Art History; Department of Anthropology; and the Iowa Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.