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Museum attendance has dramatically increased over the last few decades. Every year, three out of five Americans will visit a museum. People are looking for ways to experience learning in an unforgettable way. The birth of the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum began with a vision to bring the biblical world to life dynamically through experiencing the ancient Near East. Our goal is to continue the Seventh-day Adventist Church's long tradition of archaeological research in the Middle East. It is vital to study the biblical world firsthand. Through teaching, research, publication, exhibition, conservation, and community education, we hope to make this an unforgettable experience for our students, visitors, and the community.
The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum is honored to be the home of the William G. Dever Near Eastern Collection, which, together with other donations and acquisitions, provides the basis for a stunning visual display of more than two hundred objects from Egypt, Babylonia, Persia, Syria-Palestine, Greece, Cyprus, and Anatolia. Illustrated through hundreds of photographs, drawings, and pieces of original art, the exhibit is designed to introduce artifacts in their ancient life setting. Highlights of the exhibit include an ancient Babylonian brick stamped with Nebuchadnezzar's name, a complete series of lamps from the Chalcolithic to the early Arabic periods, handwritten cuneiform tablets from the ancient Ur, and a series of Syrian toggle pins from the Middle Bronze Age.