World-Renowned Archeologist and Scholar Dr. Daniel Master to Speak at Miami University
By Staff Report
Dr. Daniel Master, an internationally-recognized archeologist, lecturer and professor will share his latest excavations and findings when he speaks, locally, at Miami University in Oxford on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. in 152 Shideler Hall.
Master, a Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College, will lecture on his excavations in Ashkelon, Israel. The lecture is part of an annual series sponsored by the History Department to honor professor emeritus Edwin M. Yamauchi. It is co-sponsored by several churches and campus ministry and is funded through the Oxford Community Foundation. The lecture is free to attend and is open to the public Dr. Masters archaeological research has been part of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon for more than 25 years. The ancient city of Ashkelon was founded in the Stone Age and remained a major port until the end of the Crusades. The market town linked ancient highland kingdoms like Israel and Judah to lucrative Mediterranean markets. The Leon Levy Expedition has finished its latest excavation, and Master is working to publish the results, after seasons of digging.
The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon has been one of the longest and largest
excavations in Israel. Master succeeded his mentor, Lawrence Stager of Harvard
University as the field director of the site in 2007 and has been a co-editor of the final publications. Ashkelon is one of the five cities of the Philistines, who are depicted as the enemies of Israel under Samson, Saul, and David.
In 2013, Master’s dig uncovered the first Philistine cemetery ever discovered. A
DNA analysis of the bones indicates a European origin for the Philistines. The Biblical passage, Amos 9:7 had declared that they had come from Caphtor, that is, Crete. Beginning in 2016, Master began a new project directing excavations at Tel
Shimron, in Northern Israel. In cooperation with his co-director, Mario Martin of Tel Aviv University, the team started investigating the largest city in the Jezreel Valley. The work involves investigating the Stone Age through the Medieval Period, but this time, at an inland agricultural center. Tel Shimron is the largest mound in the Jezreel Valley. The dig has been funded by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Ashkelon and Tel Shimron are both major, multi-period field excavations with a goal of collecting new, primary data from the ancient world.
His other notable research projects have included the expedition, which
discovered deepwater Phoenician shipwrecks in the Eastern Mediterranean, and an exhibit on the Chalcolithic period at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
Master is the editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and
Archaeology and is the author of numerous scholarly publications. His work has also been featured in Biblical Archaeology Review, American Journal Of Archaeology and Israel Exploration Journal, among others.
Master received a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia College of the Bible in 1992, a M.A. in Ancient History from Miami University in 1995, a M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 2000 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2001.
Shideler Hall is located at the northwest corner of Patterson Avenue and Spring
Street at Miami University in Oxford.