Harding to open biblical archaeology museum

Updated: Apr. 11, 2017 at 9:52 PM CDT
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(Source: Harding University)
(Source: Harding University)

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - A new museum in Searcy will give people an opportunity to see several biblical-related artifacts and other items nearly 3,000 years old, officials with Harding University said Tuesday.

In a media release, the university announced that the Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology will open Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with nearly 100 items on display.

The items, from the Tel Beth-Shemesh dig site in Israel, will include storage jars, coins, and weapons; as well as excavation tools and examples of carbon dating.

Dr. Dale Manor, who will serve as museum coordinator, said he spent nearly 20 years collecting the items.

"I look for artifacts that enrich the understanding of the larger cultural setting," Manor said. "Clearly the Bible is a narrative focusing on a particular point, but it unfolds within the lives and culture of people, and in my opinion, the more we know about that culture and those lives, the more we recognize that we are more alike than we are different."

The museum will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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