Dr. Rudolph H. Dornemann to speak about excavations at Tell Qarqur

Date posted: November 4, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Rudolph H. Dornemann, research professor for the American Schools of Oriental Research, will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the topic of "Continuing Excavations at Tell Qarqur: Searching for Ancient Qarqar." The lecture is presented by the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society.

The ongoing excavations at Tell Qarqur in the Orontes Valley in Syria have so far provided a small sample of what can be expected from the site. It has not yet been confirmed that the site actually is the ancient Qarqar, though what has been excavated so far indicates that it most likely is. Limited local surveys and geophysical surveys, as well as extensive paleobotanical and paleozoological collections, provide information with which to see the site in a broader regional context.

Dr. Dornemann retired as the executive director of the American Schools of Oriental Research in 2004. He continues to be an active field archeologist, currently co-directing ASOR's sponsored excavation at Tell Qarqur. He is a curator emeritus at the Milwaukee Public Museum and a research associate at Boston University.

The presentation will be held in the Reichel Lecture Hall, FM15, in the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

The Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society promotes the study of the archaeology of Bible lands. It organizes lectures throughout the school year by internationally recognized archaeologists. For further information call Prof. Glen Thompson at 414.443.8945 or email