The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum was established to promote and facilitate the study of the ancient Near East, the natural and cultural setting for biblical history, through teaching, research, publication, exhibition, conservation, and community education.
The museum houses the William G. Dever Sherd Collection of more than three hundred pottery sherds from the Near East. This unique teaching collection is an invaluable instructional resource for archaeology students. The museum's laboratory facilities serve as a basis for teaching pottery typology, ceramic conservation, and artifact cataloguing and accession.
Each artifact is documented and catalogued in an electronic database that incorporates digital photographs of each artifact, accession numbers, descriptions, date, and provenance. The electronic database facilitates additional research in ceramic typology as well as regional socioeconomic variation and development.
The William G. Dever Near Eastern Collection, together with other collections, provides the basis for a contextual display vividly illustrated through original art designed to introduce artifacts in their ancient life setting. Exhibit highlights include an ancient brick from the city of Babylon stamped with the seal of Nebuchadnezzar; a complete lamp typology, from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period; a rare Syrian clay model of a chariot, complete with wheels; a royal Judaean jar handle containing a royal lmlk ("for the king") seal impression; and a complete corpus of ceramic vessels from the heartland of biblical history.
The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series on the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East hosts leading experts from around the world. The Lecture Series is designed to bring the latest archaeological discoveries from the southern Levant, Egypt, Cyprus, and Mesopotamia. The lectures are open to the public and are free of charge.