||“What I Found Today: Readings from an Archaeologist’s Personal Journals”
For the past twenty years, Prof McCane has taken a personal journal along for his archaeological digs in Israel and Jordan. This talk will consist of readings from (and discussions of) selected entries from the journals, reflecting on the scientific, social, and humanistic dimensions of excavation and experience in that land. Three topics in particular will be explored: 1) the physical and mental experience of digging; 2) the land (especially the desert); and 3) the grinding conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Representing, as they do, a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, Prof McCane’s journal entries provide an excellent illustration of the liberal arts tradition.
This talk is part of Wofford's Faculty Talks series.
Byron R. McCane is Albert C Outler Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Wofford College. A scholar of biblical studies, ancient religion, and archaeology, he has excavated in Israel, Jordan, and Italy. Currently he serves as co-director of the excavation at Horvat Kur in northern Israel, near the Sea of Galilee. .