Welcome to The Tandy Institute for Archaeology

Established in 1983, the Tandy Institute has served as an umbrella institute for various centers, museums, and academic programs that contribute to archaeology and archaeological research on the campus of Southwestern Seminary.

The Institute represents a Southern Baptist effort to establish a scholarly presence, and impact the discipline of biblical archaeology through a well funded archaeology research and training program. The Tandy will train a new generation of biblical archaeologists and inspire biblical scholars to engage in current research in the discipline of archaeology.


Upcoming Events

March 19, 2019- Lecture

Title: Why History Matters- Exposing the Ideological Roots of the "Conflict" Model of Christianity and Science

Speaker: Dr. Edward Davis (Messiah College)

For more information, visit our events page here.


March 26, 2019- Conference

The histories of Egypt and the Israelites have long been intertwined, producing the earliest extra-biblical reference to Israel by the Pharaoh Merneptah in commemoration of his military campaigns. Come and hear about the latest discoveries and academic trends concerning Merneptah and Egyptian influence in Canaan and on the ancient Hebrews.

For more information, visit our events page here.


March 26, 2019- Lecture

Title: Israel in Egypt- The Evidence

Speaker: Dr. James Hoffmeier (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

For more information, visit our events page here. 


Recent Activities

March 8-10, 2019: Southwestern Commission on Religious Studies Conference

All 10 of the SWBTs students presenting at the SWCRS conference are part of the archaeology program and 9 of those 10 presented in the ASOR section.


March/April 2019: "Three Cities, Two Battles, One Rally Cry" 
Dr. Ortiz published an article in the recent issue of Bible Study about Geba, Gezer, and Gibeon.

 October 30, 2018: Christians of the Great Steppe
A Russian site did an article on the 2018 season at Kazakhstan, which you can read here.

September 11, 2018: Lecture and Book Signing by Dr. Yosef Garfinkel

Title: Search for the Historical King David: Excavating Khirbet Qeiyafa and Khirbet al-Ra'i

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Dr. Garfinkel lectured on the two sites he excavated, Khirebt Qeiyafa and Khirbet al-Ra'i, and their importance to the archaeological and historical debate over ther existence of King David.

March 9-11, 2018: Conference- Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

This is a regional annual conference established to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies. It is comprised of the regional ASOR, AAR, ASSR, and SBL. This year, thirteen professors and students from SWBTS presented, ten of whom were from the Tandy Institute for Archaeology.


March 8, 2018: Conference- Christianity on the Silk Road: Recent Excavations at Ilibalyk

The speakers: Dr. Ortiz, Dr. Stewart, Mr. White, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Gilbert

Artifacts of modern Kazakhstan

Attendees of the conference

Dr. Gilbert with gravestone replica

Questions from the audience

Dr. Stewart answering a question

Mr. Kevin White speaking about Kazakhstan

Dr. Ortiz speaking about methodology and the Tandy excavation

Dr. Davis speaking about the Tandy excavation

Dr. Stewart presenting on the iconography of the crosses of Ilibalyk


February 15, 2018: Southwestern Archaeological Society Student Symposium

The student-led Southwestern Archaeological Society hosted their annual student symposium, which was established to provide our archaeology students the opportunity to share their current research before their peers and professors. There is also a response time built in so that each student might refine their presentation and research skills from the feedback that they receive.