Ancient Near Eastern Passports: Two Stamp Seals from Khirbet Qeiyafa; Martin G. Klingbeil, DLitt; February 15, 2012
In the ancient world, stamp seals served as a tool for identification, a symbol of socioeconomic status, and a venue for personal expression. They were a platform for communication and diversification. Throughout the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, several stamp seals have been found. If these seals could talk, what would they say? Which stories would they share about the people who lived long ago? Could these seals help illuminate gaps of ambiguity within the archaeological record? In this lecture, Martin G. Klingbeil, PhD, invites viewers into the processes used to uncover the meaning of stamp seals. In doing so, he applies his research to the latest stamp seal findings at Qeiyafa and how possible interpretations of the stamp seals impact research.
Martin Klingbeil (DLitt 1995, Stellenbosch University) is a professor of Biblical Studies and Archaeology at Southern, as well as the associate director of its Institute of Archaeology. He is currently co-director for The Fourth Expedition to Lachish.
Archaeology, Lecture Series
History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology
Klingbeil, Martin G. and Southern Adventist University, "Ancient Near Eastern Passports: Two Stamp Seals from Khirbet Qeiyafa; Martin G. Klingbeil, DLitt; February 15, 2012" (2012). Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series. 18.