Archaeology Discovery Weekend at La Sierra University

“Petra and Other Treasures of Jordan”
Archaeology Discovery Weekend at La Sierra University
November 14-15, 2009

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( In what we hope will be the first annual archaeology discovery weekend at La Sierra University, archaeologists from around the country and world will focus attention mostly on Jordan, showcasing especially Petra, the “rose red city half as old as time.”  Martha Joukowsky of Brown University has been clearing Petra’s Great Temple for 15 years, bringing it to the attention of the world with its intriguing features on a massive scale. Dr. Joukowsky’s lecture will be preceded Sunday evening by a Middle Eastern fund-raising dinner.

The weekend will also take us to other sites emerging from beneath the archaeologist’s trowel in Jordan–Tall al-`Umayri, an Ammonite site being excavated by La Sierra University under the direction of Douglas Clark; Khirbat Ataruz, a Moabite site mentioned in the Bible and the famous Moabite Stone, being dug by Chang Ho Ji of LSU; Tall Balua, also Moabite, undergoing excavation by Friedbert Ninow of Friedensau University in Germany.

Archaeological exhibits and labs on campus will also be on display, including several exquisite pieces of Roman glass in the La Sierra collection, showcased and explained by Robert Bates. Hands-on lab activities are also on the program, involving ancient pots and pans, seeds, fixing broken ceramic vessels, grinding grain, and spinning yarn.

Following is a detailed schedule of events:

Sunday, Nov. 15 • 7:30-9:00 p.m. • Keynote Address

“Petra and Its Great Temple”
Dr. Martha Joukowsky, Brown University
Hole Memorial Auditorium

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, November 14

  • 3:00-3:45 p.m.
    Exhibit: “Life in Bible Times: A Day in the Life of Yonah and Her Family”
    Bedouin Hospitality Reception
    Stahl Center

  • 3:45-4:30 p.m.
    “Tall al-`Umayri, Jordan 3,000-150 BC” • Dr. Douglas Clark, LSU
    Administration Building 223

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    “Roman Glass in the LSU Collection” • Dr. Robert Bates, LSU
    Administration Building 223

Sunday, November 15

  • 3:00-3:30 p.m.
    “Ataruz, Jordan, in the Bible and Moabite Stone” • Dr. Chang Ho Ji, LSU
    Palmer Hall 210

  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.
    “Tall Balua, Jordan” • Dr. Friedbert Ninow, Friedensau University, Germany
    Palmer Hall 210

  • 4:00-4:30 p.m.
    “Secrets Held in Ancient Pots” • Dr. Gloria London, Burke Museum, Seattle
    Palmer Hall 210

  • 4:30-5:15 p.m.
    “Touch, Taste, Smell, and Hear the Biblical Past” • Gloria London and Douglas Clark
    Palmer Hall 220

“Sweets of the Middle East”
Sunday Evening Dessert Experience, November 15

  • 5:30-6:00 p.m.
    Bedouin Hospitality Reception
    Cactus Room, Dining Commons

  • 6:00-7:15 p.m.
    Middle Eastern Fund Raising Dinner • Dr. Lawrence Geraty, LSU
    Cactus Room, Dining Commons
    Cost $50 / RSVP – (951) 785-2041

  • 7:30-9:00 p.m. • Keynote Address
    “Petra and Its Great Temple” • Dr. Martha Joukowsky, Brown University
    Hole Memorial Auditorium





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Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University
Riverside, California
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