Gannon to Host Collins Archaeological Lecture

Debra_ForanPosted: March 27, 2014

"5000 Years of History in Madaba, Jordan: Moabites, Christians, Muslims" will be the subject of the Gannon University's annual Collins Institute Lecture Series.

The speaker will be Debra Foran, Ph.D., assistant professor of Near Eastern archaeology in the department of archaeology and classical studies at Wilfrid Laurier University,
Waterloo, Ontario.

Foran's lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in room 219 of Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th St. It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by The Collins Institute for Archaeological Research at Gannon.

Foran received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Toronto in 2003, where her dissertation examined the existence of a Byzantine mosaic workshop in Madaba. Foran has worked with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project since 1998. She became Assistant Director of the project in 2001 and Director in 2006. She is also now the Director of the Town of Nebo Archaeological Project.

Foran has been excavating in Madaba for a number of years and she will show her discoveries from the biblical period of the Moabites, as well as from the early Christian and Muslim periods.