Archeologist to present lecture on ancient Philistine city

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The Center for Non-Western Studies would like to welcome Dr. Michael Press for a special lecture on Feb. 19.

Press, an archaeologist specializing in ancient Israel, will give a brown bag lunch presentation on archaeological excavations in the ancient Philistine city of Ashkelon at noon in Banquet Room C of the Habecker Dining Commons. The talk is open to the public.

Press, an affiliate of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas, has been involved with excavations of Ashkelon since 1996 and recently published his Harvard dissertation, “Ashkelon 4: The Iron Age Figurines of Ashkelon and Philistia.”

Before giving the lunch presentation, Press will also give a guest presentation in Dr. Mark Fairchild’s course on biblical archaeology. There, he will lecture on the subject of Ashkelon figurines and Philistine religion.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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