A Hidden Gem of Formerly Hidden Artifacts

Orli Trumbull (Freshman)

Did you know that across from Obama Academy are priceless ancient artifacts, dating back over 5,000 years? The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology is in the basement of Pittsburgh’s Theological Seminary. The majority of their stunning artifacts have been recovered through digs throughout the past 100 years (only ending recently), and a few donated. The archaeology digs focused on the lands of modern day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. 

Artifacts within the museum allow visitors a glimpse into the civilian lives of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The majority of the artifacts are pottery, which show the advancement of human tools through its design, craftsmanship, and texture. 

A textile section displays the tools and process of spinning and weaving cloth. Ancient Hieroglyphs and other forms of writing can be seen stretched across time zones, revealing the history of languages. The interaction between ancient civilizations is also abundantly clear in the replication of pottery and trinket designs across Near Eastern settlements.

Visitors to the institution describe it as “a hidden gem” and recommend a visit for anyone interested in biblical archaeology.  Special activities include a tour, a slideshow presentation, language translation class, and a pottery dating practice.

The museum provides free admissions and requires reservations to be made before visiting.

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