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A Man's World? Queens, Goddesses and Mothers in the Ancient Near East - 12-13/11/2016, Riverside (CA, USA)



A weekend seminar on Women in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology will be held in Riverside, California at La Sierra University, November 12-13, 2016. The timely program titled, "A Man's World? Queens, Goddesses and Mothers in the Ancient Near East," will feature both Biblical Archaeologists and Egyptologists who have made important contributions in their respective fields.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 12-13/11/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: La Sierra University, Riverside (CA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: La Sierra University, The California Museum of Ancient Art (co-sponsor)





Saturday, November 12

3:00-5:30 pm – Illustrated Presentations , Panels and Q&A — Session 1 [ ZSB Troesh Auditorium] 

La Sierra University welcome by Provost Joy Fehr

Douglas Clark, Director of CNEA, La Sierra University, Presiding


The Dead Sea Scrolls and Women at Qumran: What Do We know and Why Does It Matter?

Jodi Magness, Keynote Speaker

Panel responses and Q&A


Work and Worth: Women’s Household Activities in Ancient Israel

Carol Meyers


Women and Worth: Jewelry and Adornment in the Ancient Near East

Josephine Verduci

Panel responses and Q&A


5:30 pm – Bedouin Hospitality [Tent Reception CNEA]

6:30 pm – Middle Eastern Banquet (cost $50) [ZSB Atrium]

Larry Geraty and Kent Bramlett, Associate Directors of CNEA, La Sierra University, Emcees


Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert

Carrie Specht with film clips and commentary



Sunday, November 13
11:00 am – 12:45 pm – Archaeology Advisory Council (by invitation) CNEA Douglas Clark and Lawrence Geraty, Co-presiding

1:00-3:00 pm – Illustrated Presentations, Panels and Q&A — Session 2 [ZSB Troesh Auditorium]
Welcome by Marilyn Thomsen, Vice President for Marketing, La Sierra University
Friedbert Ninow, La Sierra University, Presiding

Women in Archaeology Forum – Part 1
Tammi Schneider, forum moderator
Jodi Magness, Susan Ackerman, Carol Meyers, Kara Cooney, Josephine Verduci, Hanan Charaf

Females and Figurines: The Women Who Served at the Entrances to Ancient Shrines
Susan Ackerman

The Goddess Asherah in Ancient Israel: Did God Have a Wife?
William Dever
Panel responses and Q&A

3:00-3:15 pm – BREAK (refreshments in Atrium, but not in Auditorium) [ZSB Atrium]
3:15-5:15 pm – Illustrated Presentations, Panels and Q&A — Session 3 [ZSB Troesh Auditorium]
Chang Ho Ji, La Sierra University, Presiding

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney

Cleopatra, Boudica, and Zenobia: Women Rulers on the Roman Periphery
Kent Bramlett
Panel responses and Q&A

Women in Archaeology Forum – Part 2
Tammi Schneider, forum moderator
Sang-Hee Lee, Mary Boyd, Kristina Reed, Karimah Kennedy-Richardson, Gabriele Faßbeck, Beverly Beem

2:00-5:00 pm – Kids (& Parents) Dig at CNEA dig sites ($5) CNEA
Mr. Craig Lesh
4:00-6:00 pm – Middle Eastern Refreshments Available at Bedouin Hospitality Tent CNEA
5:00-6:00 pm – Hands-on Lab Activities at CNEA CNEA
1—How old is this lamp? — dating pottery | Drs. Hanan Charaf and Bob Mullins
2—Pottery puzzles | Ms. Kristina Reed and Dr. Gabriele Faßbeck
3—“And the bones came together …” — analyzing animal bones | Dr. Justin Lev-Tov
4—What’s this stuff made of? — X-ray fluorescence | Ms. Melissa Hebein
5—Color me beautiful — color analysis | Dr. Jennifer Helbley
6—Putting a face on ancient skulls | Ms. Cori Kopitzke
7—3D laser scanner | Ms. Andressa Stori Pujol
8—3D C.A.V.E. demo | Dr. Kent Bramlett

9—Spinning yarns (from wool) | Dr. Mary Boyd
10—Really old jewelry | Dr. Josephine Verduci

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