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HAS MONTHLY MEETING January 17th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

"The Conquest of Canaan: Archeology in Ancient Jericho” - Dub Crook

Dub Crook

The first meeting of the Houston Archeological Society in 2019 will be on Thursday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in West Houston. Long-time HAS member, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, will give a presentation on his recent research on Ancient Jericho (Tell Es-Sultan) entitled “The Conquest of Canaan: Who Were Those Guys at Jericho?”. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

Tell Es-Sultan or Ancient Jericho is one of the most excavated sites in the Middle East and yet it remains one of the most controversial. British archeologist John Garstang excavated the site between 1930 -1936 and concluded that the city had indeed been destroyed in a single massive conflagration in the manner as described in the Biblical book of Joshua. Later in the 1950s, his protégé, Dame Kathleen Kenyon, continued his work on the site but instead concluded that Jericho had been destroyed about 150 years before the time of Joshua and thus the Biblical account was largely a myth. In the 1990s, Dr. Bryant Wood, himself an expert on Canaanite ceramics, relooked at Kenyon’s data and concluded that she had deliberately misinterpreted her own evidence and that Jericho had been destroyed by the Israelites in the manner Garstang originally concluded. Most recently, a joint Italian-Palestinian excavation has attempted to show that Kenyon’s conclusions were correct. While the interpretation of archeological excavations should be a matter of pure science with the data leading to the conclusion, unfortunately in a politically charged environment such as the Middle East, conclusions are often strongly influenced by regional politics.

Dub will discuss the history of all the previous work conducted at Ancient Jericho and then conclude with his own interpretation as to the date of the destruction of the city. As part of this work, Dub will talk about the two artifacts he recently uncovered at Jericho and their implications regarding a final occupation in the early part of the Late Bronze Age.

Mr. Crook is a Life Member (Fellow) of the Houston Archeological Society, a Life Member of the Dallas Archeological Society, a member of the Texas Archeological Society, a member of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, a Life Member of the Gault School of Archeological Research, a Research Fellow with the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, and a Fellow of the Leakey Foundation. He is also an Archeological Steward for the State of Texas. He is the author of 135 papers in the field of archeology and has recently published his third book titled "The Archeology and History of Paul’s Missionary Cities".

Parking at the Trini Mendenhall Center is free of charge. Overflow parking is in the grocery store parking lot across Wirt Road from the Community Center or along the residential street adjoining the Community Center. For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact Linda Gorski, at


HAS Journal No. 139 is now available. Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.

HAS REPORT #30 (Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms: Three New Fauresmith Industry Sites in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa) NOW AVAILABLE

Report #30 – Dalmanutha, Rosslands and Sunny Slopes Farms: Three New Fauresmith Industry Sites in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. This is a special paper on the three Fauresmith Industry sites that Dub Crook has been working on in South Africa. This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of this report at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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