Audio of Duke Conference on Archaeology, Politics, and the Media

The following post contains mp3 files of papers presented at Duke University on April 23th and 24th, 2009. Thanks to the conference organizers, sponsors, and presenters for permission to post the audio.

For notes on the papers and the conference, see Robert Cargill’s blog (day 1 & day 2). Also note that some of these papers are available from Duke’s itunes.

Eric Meyers, Introduction
Michael Schoenfeld, Welcome
Byron McCane, Scholars Behaving Badly: Sensationalism and Archaeology in the Media
Milton Moreland, Forged by a Genius: Scholarly Responses to History Channel Meets CSI
Christopher Rollston, An Ancient Medium in the Modern Media: Stages of Semitic Inscriptions
Jonathan Reed, The Lure of Proof and the Legacy of Biblical Archaeology: Scholars and the Media
Question and Answer Period
Eric Cline, Fabulous Finds and Fantastic Forgeries: The Distortion of Archaeology by the Media Pseudoarchaeology
Joe Zias, Response
Morag Kersel, The Power of the Press Release and Popular Magazines on the Antiquities Trade
Annabel Wharton, Response

Chad Spigel, Response
Mark Goodacre, The Talpiot Tomb and the Bloggers
A.K.M. Adam, Response
Patty Gerstenblith, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Cultural Heritage

Nina Burleigh, Inside the Collector’s Lair and Other Tales from the Biblical Antiquities Trade in Israel and the USA
Mark Pinsky, The Holy Land Experience
Tony Cartledge, Walk about Jerusalem: Protestant Pilgrims in the Holy Land

Bert de Vries, Umm el-Jimal
S. Thomas Parker, Response
Eric Meyers, The Quest for the Temple Mount: The Settler Movement and National Parks in Israel
Rebecca Stein, Response
Ethan Bronner, Archaeology, Politics and the Media: A View from Jerusalem
Ray Bruce, Observations
Moira Bucciarelli, Observations
Eric Powell, Observations
Andy Vaughn, Summary of the Conference

6 thoughts on “Audio of Duke Conference on Archaeology, Politics, and the Media

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  2. Fantastic! Thank you for letting us listen in to these engaging discussions. It’s one thing to read articles by these scholars, but another thing to hear them speak with authority & passion.

  3. Having just listened to some of the papers presented at Duke University April 23-24, 2009, I totally agree that academics and professional scholars have a duty to rebut distorted reporting and sham research. However they also have a duty to diligently examine in reasonable depth some of the offerings from those they blanket define as ‘amateurs’ with all that word implies. Many important advances in thought, archaeology and scholarship, in all areas of science and the arts, have been made by so-called amateurs, who are not affiliated to so-called learned institutions. Without going into details, there are numerous examples of academics at logger heads with each other over the validity of their pet theses. Many have been proven completely wrong in their theories and pubished work. On a personal note, both Eric Cline and Joe Zias have maligned my work - Eric Cline on a TV documentary we both appeared in and Joe Zias at the present conference. Neither of these two gentlemen have done more than make off the cuff comments without any attempt to study my work in depth, or make any case to justify their comments. Eric Cline, in particular claims to be a Knight in Shining armour who defends truth, but does not respond to my e-mails. Joe Zias misquotes the title of my book as The Secret Initiation of Jesus and the Baptist. Whereas it is titled The Secret Initiaton of Jesus at Qumran, demonstrating he has not even bothered to read the book.

    Robert Feather

  4. I have had one or two tussles with Joe Zias too Robert. And Eric Cline has alot to say for himself. Bob Cargill is another. It does seem as though these types of people want to feed off the likes of ourselves. From the subjects of the above conference, it seems as though we are quite useful to them. Incidentally, I still have your book ‘The Copper Scroll Decoded’ and I have referred to it on a number of occasions.

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