May 16, 2016

Kathleen Kenyon

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Vassilios Tzaferis with Kathleen Kenyon in the year 1977.
Information on (Dame) Kathleen Kenyon (1906 – 1978) can be found in the following articles. Kenyon's excavation reports were not published until after her death and so scholars did not have the opportunity to examine her research until after she died (See the Wood controversy). However, there is more to the site of Jericho than the debate between Kenyon and Wood. Certainly you will find lot of information under Jericho related to Kenyon, but this is not a paper about the site of Jericho, so remain focused on the task. Information on Kenyon can be found in the history of archaeology and in a good Bible Dictionary or Encyclopedia LINK under the sites that she excavated. Questions that you should answer in your paper include:
  1. What was the controversy surrounding the location of Jericho between Dr. Bryant Wood and Kathleen Kenyan?
  2. What was her specialty in archaeology?
  3. Where did she excavate besides Jericho?
  4. What is the Wheeler-Kenyon Method?
  5. What discoveries was she involved in?
  6. What was the Biblical impact of her research?
Helpful Online Resources:
  • “Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, 1906-1978.” The Palestine Exploration Fund (2012): n.p. LINK.
  • Broshi, Magen. “Review of  Archaeology, Dogs and Gin: Review of  Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Digging Up the Holy Land.” Bible History Daily: Biblical Archaeology Society, March 21, 2012. LINK.
  • Callaway, Joseph A. “Dame Kathleen Kenyon, 1906 -1978.” The Biblical Archaeologist 42, no. 2 (1979): 122–25. JSTOR
  • Callaway, Joseph A. “Kathleen Kenyon 1906–1978.” Biblical Archaeology Review 4, no. 4 (1978): 122-25. LINK.
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. “Dame Kathleen Kenyon.” in  Encyclopædia Britannica. 11th ed. 32 vols. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1911. LINK.
  • Davis, Miriam C. Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land. Wallnut Creek, CA: Left Coast, 2008. LINK.
  • Dever, William G. “Review: Digging up Jerusalem.” American Anthropologist, New Series 78, no. 4 (1976): 711-12.
  • Dever, William G. “Kathleen Kenyon (1906-1978): Tribute.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 232 (1978): 3–4. JSTOR 
  • Dever, William G. “Kathleen Kenyon (1906-1978)." Pages 525–53 in Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists. Edited by G. M. Cohen and M. S. Joukowsky. Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Michigan Press, 2004. Google Books
  • Díaz-Andreu, Magarita and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, eds. Excavating Women: a History of Women in European Archaeology. London: Routledge, 2013. Google Preview and  Amazon Look Inside
  • Fagan, Brian. “Kathleen Kenyon.” Pages 140-44 in Archaeologists: Explorers of the Human Past. Oxford Profiles. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2003. Look Inside
  • Gibson, Shimon, and Michael Avi-Yonah. “Kenyon, Dame Kathleen Mary.” Edited by Fred Skolnik and Michael Berenbaum. Vol 12 Encyclopaedia Judaica. 22 Vols. New York, N.Y.: MacMillan, 2006. LINK
  • Grisanti  Michael A.  “Recent Archaeological Discoveries That Lend Credence to the Historicity Of The Scriptures.” Journal of Evangelical Theological Society 56 no. 3 (2013): 475–97. PDF
  • Holland, Thomas, “Kenyon, Kathleen Mary.” in Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries. edited by Tim Murray. 3 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2001. LINK
  • Moorey, P. R. S. Kathleen Kenyon and Palestinian Archaeology,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 111, no. 1 (1979), 3–10. ProQuest
  • Moorey, P. R. S.   Kathleen Kenyon in Retrospect. British Women in Near Eastern Archaeology: Kathleen Kenyon and the Pioneers.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 124, no. 2 (1992): 91-100.
  • Parry, Melanie, ed. “Kenyon, Dame Kathleen Mary.” in  Chambers Biographical Dictionary. 6 Sub edition. New York, N.Y.: Chambers, 1997. LINK
  • Prag, Kay. “Kathleen Kenyon and Archaeology in the Holy Land.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly  124, no. 2 (1992), 109-23. ProQuest
  • Scheller, William. “Kathleen Kenyon: The Biblical City of Jericho.” Pages 129-42 in Amazing Archaeologists and Their Finds. Minneapolis, Minn.: Oliver Press Inc, 1994. Google Preview
  • Tyson, Peter. “Mystery of Great Zimbabwe,” Nova (February 22, 2000): 1. LINK
  • Tushingham, A. D. “Kenyon, Kathleen Mary.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, edited by Eric M. Meyers, 3:279-80. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press/Oxford Biblical Studies Online, 1997.  LINK Access through Liberty library online.
  • Wilkes, John. Kathleen Kenyon in Roman Britain.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly  124, no. 2 (1992), 101-108.
If you can find these works in your public library they would be helpful:


  • Davies, G. I. “British Archaeologists.” In Benchmarks in Time and Culture: An Introduction to Palestinian Archaeology, edited by Joel F. Drinkard, Gerald L. Mattingly, and J. Maxwell Miller. ASOR/SBL Archaeology And Biblical Studies. Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1988, 37–62.
  • Huckaby, Gary C. An Analysis of the Methodology of Kathleen M. Kenyon in Relation to Biblical Archaeology in Palestine with a Focus on Jericho.” Ph.D. dissertation, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1984.
  • Kenrick, Philip M. (1986), Excavations at Sabratha, 1948-1951: A Report on the Excavations conducted by Kathleen Kenyon and John Ward-Perkins, Journal of Roman Studies Monographs 2, London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 1986.
  • Kenyon, Kathleen M. Archaeology in the Holy Land. 4th ed. London: Ernest Benn Ltd, 1979.
  • Lönnqvist, Minna (2008) “Kathleen M. Kenyon 1906-1978, A hundred years after her birth,The formative years of a female archaeologist: From socio-politics to the stratigraphical method and the radiocarbon revolution in archaeology,” in Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Madrid, April 3–8, 2006, ed. by Joaquín Mª Córdoba, Miquel Molist, Mª Carmen Pérez, Isabel Rubio, Sergio Martínez, UAM Ediciones: Madrid 2008, Vol. II, pp. 379–414.
  • Moorey P.R.S. and P.J. Parr (eds.), Archaeology in the Levant: Essays for Kathleen Kenyon 1985.
  • Nash, Kathleen S. “Kenyon, Kathleen.” Encyclopedia of Religion. Ed. Lindsay Jones. 2nd ed. Vol. 8. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 5110-5111.
  • Prag, Kay. Excavations by K. M. Kenyon in Jerusalem 1961-1967: Discoveries in Hellenistic to Ottoman Jerusalem. Vol. 5. Levant Supplementary 7. Oxford: Council for British Research in the Levant, 2008.
  • Prag, Kay. “Kenyon’s Jerusalem Excavation Reports,” in On Scrolls, Artefacts, and Intellectual Property, ed. Timothy H. Lim, Hector L. MacQueen, and Calum M. Carmichael. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement 38. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.
  • Steiner, Margarete L. Excavations by Kathleen M. Kenyon in Jerusalem 1961-1967: The Settlement in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Vol. 3. Copenhagen International Seminars. London, U.K.: Sheffield Academic, 2001.
  • Thompson, Henry O. Biblical Archaeology: the World, the Mediterranean, the Bible. New York: Paragon House, 1987.
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