PIKEVILLE – In early spring 2017, Eastern Kentucky will welcome the world class archaeology exhibit “Khirbet el-Maqatir & a Journey through Biblical History.” Local hosting partners, the University of Pikeville, the City of Pikeville and Community Trust Bank, announce the addition of another museum partner to the exhibit, the David A. Dorsey Museum of Biblical Archaeology.
The Dorsey Museum houses archaeological artifacts from the lands of the Bible. Although focusing on the Old and New Testament periods, the collection contains pieces from every period of ancient history, spanning Neolithic to Medieval times. The artifacts come from all parts of the biblical world, including Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Phoenicia, Assyria, Babylonia, Sumer, Persia, Cyprus, Asia Minor, Crete, Greece and Italy.
Artifacts from the Dorsey Museum will join historical pieces from the Horn Archaeological Museum and the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation in Israel to be on display in Pikeville from January 2017 through the summer. The exhibit will feature approximately 250 artifacts from ancient Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Syria and artifacts on display will represent the history of the biblical periods dating from 3,000 B.C. through the time of Jesus and the early Christians. Some highlighted artifacts recently loaned to the exhibit from the Dorsey Museum include swords from the Iron Age (period of the biblical kings and prophets), ancient Egyptian artifacts, an ancient bulla (seal impression) with warriors featured, a Sumerian dagger from circa 2,200 B.C. and various other ancient artifacts.
“It’s exciting to be working on a project that one would only expect to see in a large metro area,” said Tommy Chamberlin, exhibit director and president of the University of Pikeville’s Alumni Association. “We are so proud to bring artifacts from the ancient world of the Bible to Pikeville. This will be the first time people from Eastern Kentucky will be able to see a museum exhibit of this nature in their home community.”
The main exhibit will be hosted in downtown Pikeville at the newly renovated York House beginning January 2017. Visitors will be able to enjoy an extensive walk-through display that will be enhanced by storytelling, video, signs, photography and interactive media.
“We are delighted to partner with the University of Pikeville in sharing these fantastic pieces of history with your community,” said Sarah Dorsey Bollinger (with Phillip Bollinger), curators of the Dorsey Museum of Biblical Archaeology. “Our museum is located in the small town of Myerstown in Pennsylvania farm country. As a descendant of the Hatfields, I am particularly pleased to send a number of our biblical artifacts from our small town to yours for this unique exhibit.”
To contact the exhibit director about business sponsorships or booking a presentation of the preview collection of rare ancient artifacts, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the exhibit, related events and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.upike.edu/exhibit.