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Mobile Ed: AR101 Archaeology in Action: Biblical Archaeology in the Field (3 hour course)

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Explore archaeological digs in Israel by joining distinguished scholars in the field, who will teach you the processes and practices of biblical field archaeology. Learn the tools and techniques used by archaeologists and volunteers to find relics buried for millennia. Discover the passion of those who have invested their lives into uncovering and studying material culture. Watch as they unearth objects for the first time after thousands of years.

In this course, filmed on site in Israel, you’ll experience the process of a dig and hear directly from archaeologists. Their findings shed light on what life was like in the first century world of Jesus and the apostles.

“We’re going to start with the ground, dig into it, find things, and take you all the way from the point it begins to the point where it is exhibited in museums and written about in textbooks. Come on. Join me. You’re going to have a lot of fun doing this.”

— Craig Evans

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Course Topics Include:

  • What Is Biblical Archaeology?
  • How Does One Become an Archaeologist?
  • The Archaeological Dig Process
  • Decision-Making Process to Choose a Dig Site
  • Role of Literary Sources to Understand Site History
  • Anatomy of a Dig Site: Tells, Balks, Squares, Stratigraphy
  • Types of Material Culture
  • Archaeological Dig Techniques
  • Recording Material Culture
  • Pottery Techniques
  • Profile of Selected Dig Sites

List of Archaeologists and Professors:

  • Dr. Adolfo Roitman, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Dr. Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Craig Evans, Houston Baptist University
  • Dr. Richard Freund, University of Hartford
  • Dr. Rami Arav, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Dr. Scott Stripling, Wharton County Junior College
  • Dr. Mordechai Aviam, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee
  • Dr. David Fiensy, Kentucky Christian University
  • Dr. Dennis Groh, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Dr. James F. Strange, University of South Florida
  • Dr. James R. Strange, Samford University
  • Dr. Itzhaq Shai, Ariel University
  • Chris McKinny, Bar-Ilan University
  • Sheila Gyllenberg, Bar-Ilan University

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Archaeology

  • What Is Archaeology?
  • How Archaeology Is Informed by Biblical and Ancient Literature
  • Studying Texts vs. Studying Material Culture

Unit 2: The Archaeological Dig Process

  • Research and Preparation
  • Field Work and Processing Archaeological Finds
  • Publication

Unit 3: Roles and Jobs at a Dig Site

  • Volunteering at a Dig Site
  • Daily Life at a Dig Site
  • Responsibilities of the Dig Directors and Supervisors
  • Becoming an Archaeologist

Unit 4: Anatomy of a Dig Site

  • Squares
  • Balks and Stratigraphy
  • Importance of a Sealed Locus for Stratigraphy
  • Importance of Determining Location within a Tel

Unit 5: Archaeological Dig Techniques

  • Use of Archaeological Hand Tools within a Square
  • Sifting of Selected Sealed Contexts
  • Metal Detection Methods
  • Advanced Geophysical Survey Methods
  • Record Keeping

Unit 6: Pottery Techniques

  • Excavating Pottery
  • Oil Lamp Analysis
  • Neutron Activation Analysis
  • Reconstruction of Pottery Vessels

Unit 7: Profile of Dig Sites and Material Culture Discoveries

  • Huqoq’s Galilean Type Synagogue
  • The Rediscovery of Bethsaida
  • Material Culture at Bethsaida
  • Khirbet el-Maqatir: Background
  • Material Culture at Khirbet el-Maqatir
  • Scarab and Ancient Diagram at Khirbet el-Maqatir
  • Tel Burna: Background
  • The Historical Importance of Shikhin
  • Shikhin’s Pottery Manufacture
  • Life in First-Century Galilee
  • The Historical Importance of Sepphoris

Unit 8: Curation and Presentation

  • Preservation and Curation of Artifacts

Product Details

  • Title: AR101 Archaeology in Action: Biblical Archaeology in the Field
  • Author: Logos Mobile Education
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 3
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  1. Alessandro



  2. Allen D. Holden
  3. Kevin Bratcher
  4. David Groseth
    This has an audio only version, but somehow is not currently included unless you buy the New Testament certificate program that includes the course. https://www.logos.com/product/176715/new-testament-advanced-background-and-context-studies-certificate-program
  5. Lyman Fiack

    Lyman Fiack


  6. Charles C. Canton
    Hello. Where can I get an assist on watching the videos? They are 2/3 black on the screen and split in two parts above the black area...Thanks
  7. Deacon Steve

    Deacon Steve


    Ready or not, here it comes ... December 14 ..
  8. Marcos S. Correa París
    are we there yet? are we there yet?
  9. Richard Deitering
    If you have an understanding of the importance of archaeology and the procedures to acquire a single artifact and how that artifact can go from being buried in the ground to an "Ah-Ha" moment in a sermon is unbelievable. You will see the importance of this program. When a simple cup or juglet is uncovered at an archaeological tel, it transport part of a fellow human beings moment of existence as he drank from it or poured from it thousands of years ago to today, giving us a brief glimpse at an ancients day as he or she lived it. This product is too important to stay locked up on the shelf or buried only to be found again in a thousand years. If history and culture are important understandings in your hermeneutics and sermon creation, order this program. Understanding the approach and care given to a tel will help you better understand the importance of every find and it's authenticity.
  10. Tommy Chamberlin
    looking forward to this product release .... hope it won't be much longer!


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