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 Activities

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

Time and Location: 6:30pm in Seelig, Naylor Student Center, SWBTS campus

Though a well known figure from the biblical account, King David remains elusive in the historical and archaeological records, leading some scholars to adopt minimalist approaches claiming that the biblical account is only a myth. Dr. Garfinkel, professor of archaeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, led the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, where they uncovered for the first time a fortified city from the period of King David. Dr. Garfinkel's excavations at Khirbet al-Ra'i discovered another Judahite city from the time of David.

For more information, visit our lectures page here.


Recent Activities

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.