Tandy Institute

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.


In Memory of Dr. George Kelm


Dr. George Kelm was integral to shaping the archaeology program at SWBTS as it is today and presided over the foundation of the Tandy Archaeological Museum and Center.

He passed away on April 25, 2019. His memorial service is being held on May 6, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Please keep his wife Linda in prayer during this time.



Recent Activities

April 12-14, 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt

Tandy Ph.D. student and senior staff member Terry Nichols presented on the Tandy's work at Karnak in "The Second Season of Epigraphic Work at the Cour de la Cachette, Western Exterior Wall", as part of the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project, led by the University of Memphis.


April 12, 2019: Lanier Theological Library Panel on history and archaeology

Dr. Ortiz was invited to join the panel discussing history and archaeology.


April 10-14, 2019: Annual SAA Meeting

Dr. Davis was invited to present as part of a tribute to respected scholar Alan Simmons.


March 29-31, 2019 Ancient Egypt and New Technology: The Present and Future of Computer Visualization, Virtual Reality, and Other Digital Humanities in Egyptology

Dr. Mark Janzen and Ph.D. student and senior staff member Terry Nichols presented at this Egyptology conference put on by Indiana University. They presented on the use of photogrammetry in palimpsest reliefs and inscriptions in the Tandy's work on the Cour de la Cachette as part of the University Memphis's Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project.


March 26, 2019: Lecture

If you missed the lecture, you can watch it here.


March 26, 2019: Tandy Annual Conference

Featured Speakers: Dr. Peter Brand, Dr. Michael Hasel, and Dr. James Hoffmeier

The Tandy's third annual conference drew students from all programs at Southwestern as well as faculty and students from schools across Texas and people from the community who were interested in learning more about this subject. The conference itself featured world-renowned Egyptologists as well as faculty and senior students from the Tandy. The presentations highlighted various approaches to the theme, including the Exodus and Biblical studies, Egyptology and its use of modenr technology, historical geography, and archaeological discoveries like that of the Tandy's project at Gezer.

If you missed the conference or would like to re-watch the presentations, they are available for you here.

The presenters of the conference:


Conference sessions:



Books for sale at discounted conference price:

Southwestern Adventist University group with Dr. Michael Hasel:

Socializing between sessions:




Panel discussion with speakers:


Dr. Peter Brand's lecture:

Dr. Michael Hasel's lecture: 

Dr. James Hoffmeier's lecture:

Dr. Mark Janzen's lecture:

Dr. Steve Ortiz's lecture:

Dr. Tom Davis's lecture:

Dr. Cameron Coyle's lecture:

Terry Nichol's lecture:

Marcella Barbosa's lecture:


March 25, 2019: Collective Knowledge by SWBTS Libraries Podcast

Ms. Marcella Barbosa was invited to speak about the Tandy musem. You can listend here.


March 19, 2019: Lecture by Dr. Edward Davis (Messiah College)

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

Dr. Davis confronted the common belief that science and Christianity have long been engaged in an inevitable conflict, discussing its origins and why most modern scholars reject the idea as ideologically motivated propaganda.


You can watch the lecture here.


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. 


March 1, 2019: Southwestern Archaeological Society Symposium

The student Southwestern Archaeological Society held their annual student symposium and opened the attendance to all SWBTS students.


December 14, 2018: SWBTS Graduation

Seven students graduated from the Tandy MAABS program.


November 17-21, 2018: National SBL Meeting

The Tandy was invited to hold a session on Gezer, in which 4 Tandy students and 3 Tandy faculty presented.


November 14-17, 2018: National ASOR Meeting

Four Tandy students and student affiliates and 3 faculty and faculty affiliates presented.


November 13-15, 2018: National ETS Meeting

Tandy Ph.D. student Terry Nichols presented.


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


October, 2019: Visiting Scholars

Dr. Gary Arbino of Gateway Seminary and Dr. Sam Wolff, recently retired from the Israel Antiquities Authority, visited the Tandy to conduct research for the Gezer Excavation Project.


September 14, 2018: Lanier Theological Library Panel

Dr. Ortiz was invited to participate in the Lanier Theological Library panel discussion.


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.


September 6, 2018: Library Talk on the new Archaeological Study Bible

Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Davis spoke about the new Archaeological Study Bible, their contribrutions to it, and how it can be most effectively used.


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.

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