Meet the Dig Staff

Dr. Scott Stripling is the Director of Excavations at Shiloh. Previously Stripling directed the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 2013-2016, served as Field Supervisor of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in from 2005 to 2010, and as a supervisor of the Jerusalem Temple Mount Salvage Project in Jerusalem. His academic affiliation is with The Bible Seminary in Katy (Houston), Texas where he serves as the Provost. A native Texan with 36 years of experience serving professionally as a pastor, principal, and professor, Stripling began his career in college working in youth ministry, then worked in public education, then full-time professional ministry and Christian education, and then a combination of public and private education and ministry. Former Department Chair of Humanities at Wharton County Junior College, he has also taught at Houston Baptist University, Belhaven University, International Bible College, and Texas Southmost College/University of Brownsville. A popular speaker and author of The Trowel and the Truth, Somebody Call 9:11, and numerous other publications, Stripling has served on a variety of community, education and ministry Boards and organizations, currently serving on the Board of the Near East Archaeological Society. He and his wife, Janet, have four children and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Suzanne Lattimer Mrs. Suzanne Lattimer serves as Assistant Director at Shiloh. Searching for the X on the ground has been a life-long passion and a driving goal. In search for her buried treasures, she attended Bryan College in Dayton, TN and received her B.A. in Bible and Piano Performance, with a minor in Koine Greek. She then went on to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, Illinois and received her M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology and Semitic Languages. Suzanne was a lowly peon in ABR's excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, fulfilling her parent’s request to try archaeology before paying for a degree. With degree in hand, she served as a square supervisor (affectionally known as a slave driver) from 2010 through 2013, and as a Field Archaeologist from 2014 through the inaugural season at Shiloh. She has also dug at Tel Dor, Israel in 2004, and in the Great Smoky Mountains with the National Park Service in 2001. She is on the Board of Directors for the Near East Archaeological Society and has served as its treasurer since 2011. In the off season, Suzanne holds down the home front for her husband serving in the Navy, homeschools their daughter, sings in the church choir, and tackles home projects that seem to never end. She has written articles for children in Bible and Spade, and has spoken to many children and adult Sunday School classes about the importance of archaeology.

Mr. Michael Luddeni has graciously served the ministry of ABR for over 25 years. An avid lover of archaeology and the Bible, Mike served as the Dig photographer at Khirbet el-Maqatir excavations from 1995 to 2016. He also served at the ABR excavations at Khirbet Nisya under the direction of ABR founder, Dr. David Livingston. Mike also works as the photographer at the excavations at Tall el-Hammam, Jordan. Mike has traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East photographing ancient sites and museum objects and artifacts of the Biblical world. He formerly served on the ABR Board of Directors and has archived thousands of pictures for the ABR ministry, volunteering as the photo and graphics editor for ABR's flagship publication, Bible and Spade magazine.

Dr. Brian Peterson worked at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 2010-2016, and presently serves as a Field Archaeologist at Shiloh. His passion is marrying the truth of the Word with historical records and archaeology. In 2003, he completed a Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School and in 2004 completed his second master’s degree, a MAOT, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Brian graduated in 2009 with a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Toronto. Since then Brian has taught classes at the Gambia Theological Institute in the Gambia, West Africa as well as spending a year (2010) as an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada. In the summer of 2011, Brian joined the faculty of Lee University in Cleveland, TN as a part of the School of Religion in the Theology Department where he presently teaches a variety of Old Testament classes and Introductory Hebrew. Brian has published several articles and essays. His dissertation has been published by Wipf and Stock in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series entitled “Ezekiel in Context: Ezekiel’s Message Understood in its Historical Setting of Covenant Curses and Ancient Near Eastern Mythological Motifs." Brian has also published two books with Fortress Press, "The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History" and, "John's Use of Ezekiel: Understanding the Unique Perspective of the Fourth Gospel." He has also written What Was the Sin of Sodom? and Voice, Word, and Spirit: A Pentecostal Survey of the Old Testament.

Mrs. Sandy Souza lives in Concord, California, and works in the Pathology Department at the local hospital as a medical transcriptionist. She has been associated with ABR for 30 years. She has dug 8 seasons at Khirbet Nisya and 12 seasons at Khirbet el-Maqatir and worn many hats for ABR. She also dug with the ABR group at Hazor in 2004, traveled to Egypt in 2005 for the Biblical Egypt Tour, and attended one session working on the Temple Mount Project in 2008. Sandy has coordinated and supervised object registration at both Khirbet Nisya and Khirbet el-Maqatir. Sandy gladly instructs and trains others in this vital and important function. Sandy attends New Life church in Alamo where she serves on the Women's Missions Committee.

Mr. Henry B. Smith Jr. is the Administrative Director of the Shiloh Excavations. He served as the Director of Development for ABR from October 2004 through Fall 2015, and presently works part-time for ABR as a researcher and as the AD for the Shiloh Dig. Born and raised in northwestern NJ, he graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University in 1992. In December 2014, Henry completed his M.A.R. at Westminster Theological Seminary, emphasizing apologetics and Biblical languages. He has published numerous articles on the ABR website, and in 2013, he published: Canaanite Child Sacrifice, Abortion and the Bible in the Summit University Journal of Ministry and Theology. He is presently heading up the The Genesis 5 and 11 Genealogy and Chronology Research Project for ABR, co-authoring an article in Bible and Spade, Primeval Chronology Restored. He has also published: Cosmic Death from Adam's Fall: An Exegesis of Romans 8:19-23a. Henry served as a volunteer at the Hazor excavations in 2007, and was the host of both the ABR Biblical Egypt Study Tour in 2008 and ABR's Israel Tour in 2010. He was a square supervisor at the Khirbet el-Maqatir Excavations in 2012 and 2013, and serves in that same capacity at Shiloh (2017-present).

Dr. Louis T. Klauder Jr. has degrees in physics from Princeton Univ. and the Univ. of California at Berkeley. Most of his career has been in physics, in computer programming, and in railroad track geometry engineering. He became interested in the archaeological work being carried out by ABR as a result of attending a 2007 lecture by Dr. Bryant Wood on the excavations at Khirbet el Maqatir. Dr. Klauder first participated in the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation in May/June 2009. After that season, Dr. Klauder began assisting Dr. Wood with preparation of digital image files portraying the more significant pottery finds in the style and format commonly used for publication of archaeological pottery. He has participated in the 2011 through 2016 seasons at Khirbet el Maqatir as pottery registrar, spending most of the time processing pottery and recording the critical details (shape, diameter, color, hardness, roughness, surface treatment, inclusions, etc.) needed for publication of each significant sherd. Between digs Dr. Klauder continues to assist in creating digital pottery drawings to help prepare for publication of the archaeology of the site.

Ms. Abigail Leavitt serves as objects registrar at the Shiloh Excavations. Abigail has been involved with archaeology since 2007, working at several archaeological projects including The Temple Mount Salvage Operation, Khirbet el Maqatir, Mount Zion and Tel Shiloh. She served as square supervisor and objects registrar on the Khirbet el Maqatir excavation, and as assistant registrar on the Mount Zion excavation. Abigail has co-authored two articles on the subject of Judean Pillar Figurines. ‘A Headless Judean Pillar Figurine From Tel el-Ful’ was published in in the Near Eastern Archaeology Society Bulletin, and ‘The Mystery of the Headless Statue’ was published in Bible and Spade magazine. Abigail has also co-authored an online article entitled ‘ABR Researches Jerusalem Tombs for the Shroud of Turin Project’ published on the ABR website. Abigail hails from Lewiston, Idaho, but is currently residing in Pikeville, Kentucky, where she is a student at the University of Pikeville.

Mr. Don McNeeley is the Director of Information Technology for the Shiloh excavations, and served in that same role at the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavations starting in January 2014. He is a faculty member at Tidewater Bible College in Virginia Beach, VA, where he also serves as its president. Don has earned two Master's degrees (Logistics Management & Biblical Theology), as well as a Doctorate in Biblical Studies with an emphasis on the integration of anthropological concepts with Scripture. He participated in seven dig seasons at Khirbet el-Maqatir. Don has presented several articles at the Near East Archaeological Society annual meeting, the most recent was The Falasha of Ethiopia and the Essene Community: Are they Related? and currently serves as the society’s website and office administrator, and is the program chair for its annual meeting. Additionally, Don has held several biblical archaeology conferences in Virginia Beach and has provided presentations on archaeology to various churches and other organizations.

Mr. Steven Rudd is the Logisitics Coordinator at Shiloh, and served as a Square Supervisor and worked at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 2011 to 2016. Steve also served as the dig photographer at Maqatir during winter seasons. He is part of the active Noah's ark excavation team and has twice worked at the summit (2012, 2013). Past excavations include a variety of "day digs" in Jerusalem including the pool of Siloam, Hezekiah's wall, David's Palace, the Temple Mount Sifting Project, and Joshua's altar on Mt. Ebal. A native Canadian who has served as the full-time minister of the Hamilton Church of Christ for over 30 years, Steve is keen to participate first hand at digging up Bible stories as evidence that scripture is an accurate record of true world history.

Dr. Mark A. Hassler is a square supervisor at Shiloh. He worked in that same capacity at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 2014 to 2016. He is the editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin. Mark serves as associate professor of Old Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary (You can read about Dr. Hassler's work in Exposition, published by VBTS). He has worked as a faculty associate in Old Testament studies at The Master’s Seminary, and as an adjunct professor of Bible and Theology at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Mark received his academic training at The Master’s Seminary (Ph.D. in Old Testament, Th.M. in Old Testament, and M.Div.) and the Montana Bible College (B.A. in Pastoral Ministry). He remains active in the publication of scholarly and church-related materials. Prior to serving as a professor, Mark worked as a fly-fishing guide near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Dr. Boyd Seevers joined the Khirbet el-Maqatir team in January 2015, serving as a Square Supervisor. Boyd also supervised the Iron Age I excavations and publications, serving in that same capacity at Shiloh. He works as Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Northwestern—St. Paul and has authored three books including Warfare in the Old Testament: The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies. He has also written more than one hundred articles and chapters for numerous historical and theological books and journals. Prior to teaching he lived in Israel for eight years. Boyd serve four years on the Board of Directors of Jerusalem University College where he did a year of graduate study that included archaeological courses taught by Drs. Amihai Mazar, Gabriel Barkay, and Ronnie Reich, all distinguished Israeli archaeologists. Boyd has excavated for parts of four seasons at Bethsaida, as well as at Tiberias and Har Tuv. Degrees: B.A. in Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Th.M. in Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Old Testament, Trinity International University.

Ms. Ellen Jackson- Shiloh Metal Detectorist Ellen serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators as the Language and Culture Learning Coordinator for SIL International based in Dallas, Texas. Ellen has an MA in linguistics from UCLA and lived in Cameroon, Africa more than 20 years. Now as an international coordinator, she visits other organizations offering Biblical training in Israel. She took up metal detecting as a hobby in 2010. Recognizing the value of metal detecting for archaeology, Ellen volunteered at Khirbet el-Maqatir in 2013 and has participated ever since, helping to recover more than 1400 coins and other metal artifacts. She says: “God weaves our lives together in amazing ways, and you never know where you’ll end up using the different skills and interests He has given you over the years.”

Orna Cohen – Conservationist In 1986, Orna Cohen became famous around the world for her skill in rescuing and preserving a first century fishing boat found in the shallow waters near Ginosar on the Sea of Galilee. This boat is now commonly referred to a the “Jesus Boat” or the “Galilee Boat.” Orna has worked as the conservator on dozens of excavations throughout Israel, including the past two summers at Huquq with Jodi Magness. There she has overseen the excavation and conservation of the now famous Samson mosaics in a fifth century Synagogue. Orna is also overseeing the conservation of the Late Bronze Age palace at Hazor and played a critical role in establishing the authenticity of the James Ossuary. She used state of the art technology to clean the hundreds of coins coming from Khirbet el-Maqatir, and will do the same at Shiloh. Orna is widely seen as one of the top conservationists in the world.

Dr. Leen Ritmeyer – Architect Even casual followers of Biblical Archaeology have probably heard of Leen Ritmeyer. Leen has served as conservator or architect at dozens of excavations in Israel “from Dan to Beersheva,” including sites as prominent as Arad, Bet Shean, Ashdod, and Banias. Leen’s most important contribution, and that which brought him worldwide acclaim, was in Jerusalem where he worked with renowned archaeologists Benjamin Mazar (Temple Mount) and Naaman Avigad (Jewish Quarter). Other Jerusalem projects included the Byzantine Cardo and the Herodian/Roman villas. While responsible for numerous publications, his opus magnum was The Quest (2006). This comprehensive history of the Temple Mount has become standard required reading for all archaeologists and archaeological students. In 1983, Leen and his wife Kathleen founded Ritmeyer Architectural Design, an archaeological architecture firm providing expertise on numerous and varied projects. Leen currently serves on the editorial board of Biblical Archaeology Review and on the archaeology faculty of the Cardiff University; he has provided all of the excellent architectural renderings for Khirbet el-Maqatir, and will do the same at Shiloh.

Peretz Reuven – Small Finds and Late Period Ceramics Peretz has served on Eilat Mazar’s staff in the City of David and the areas south and west of the Temple Mount. He has worked as a ceramic typologist for several excavations in Israel, including Hippos/Susita, Givati (parking lot just south of the Temple Mount), and the Temple Mount Salvage Operation. Peretz is an expert in small finds and ceramics from the Roman to Islamic periods. His article on the beams from the Al Aqsa Mosque (some were probably originally used in the first and second temples) was featured in the summer 2013 edition of Biblical Archaeology Review.Peretz is responsible for preparing the pottery plates for publication from Maqatir for the Late Hellenistic, Early Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras. See Peretz in this video on the Temple Mount Sifting Project.

 

Yoav Farhi- Numismatics. Yoav recently completed his PhD in Archaeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is widely recognized as one of the top numismatists in Israel; he has worked at numerous sites in Israel including Khirbet Qeiyafa, Modi’in, and Ramat Rahel. Prominent archaeologists Yoram Tsafrir, Lea Di Segni, and Eilat Mazar have all employed Yoav as a research assistant. Yoav assisted the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation in the identification and recovery of coins and other metal objects as well as providing numismatic reports for the vast number of coins excavated at Maqatir. In 2012 Yoav, in collaboration with Catherine Lorber, published a rare Ptolemaic coin from Maqatir in the American Journal of Numismatics and has published dozens of other articles over the past decade. Yoav’s role on the professional staff is critical since coins play an important role in the dating of various archaeological strata and establishing the history of the site.

Dr. David E. Graves is a Square Supervisor at Shiloh. A native Canadian, he has been teaching archaeology online at Liberty University, Rawlings School of Divinity since 2009 and is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for their online archaeology course. He holds his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in New Testament Theology under the supervision of I. Howard Marshall. His dissertation has been published by Gorgias Press in the Dissertations Biblical Studies Series (no. 41) entitled The Seven Messages of Revelation and Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function. He has been researching and lecturing in the field of biblical studies for more than 30 years. He is certified in the use of the SIR-3000 Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for archaeological application from Geophysical Survey Systems. His background in technology, software development, biblical studies, photography, and fire restoration, combined with his extensive travels in the Middle East uniquely qualify him as a field archaeologist and one of the few Canadian Christian archaeologists. David has recently worked on the Qumran Cave (53) Excavation 2017, Khirbet el-Maqatir in 2017 and as a field supervisor at Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan from 2005 to 2015. He has also worked at the Temple Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation in 2009. He has taught the History of British Biblical Archaeology at Regent Park College of the University of Oxford, England (2003–2007) and provided guided tours of the Ashmolean and British Museums for Canadian students. He is on the board of directors of the Near East Archeological Society (NEAS), an associate member of the Associates for Biblical Research, and has published peer reviewed articles for various archaeology journals, including Bible and Spade. In 2005-06 he worked with the ArcImaging team, as the Director of Operations for the Mount Ararat Archaeological Research Expedition conducting Noah's Ark research in Turkey. David has written several books including Key Themes of the Old Testament, 2013, Key Themes of the New Testament 2014, The Location of Sodom, 2014; Biblical Archaeology Vol. 1: An Introduction with Recent Discoveries That Support the Reliability of the Bible, 2014, Biblical Archaeology Vol. 2: Famous Discoveries That Support the Reliability of the Bible, 2015; and edited the Classic Biblical Reprint series.

Mr. Greg Gulbrandsen is a wet sifting supervisor at the Shiloh Excavations. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Greg is a product of the city's Public School System. He spent his freshman college year in Oslo, Norway and then finished his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Wagner College in Richmond, New York. After two years in the Navy, Greg went back to school and received his certification in engineering. Greg spent the next twenty years working as an engineer at high-tech companies including Nicolet, Wavetek, Rockland, and Physical Acoustics. In 1990, Greg decided to get into education. After getting his teaching certification and a Masters in Communication from the State University of New York, Greg taught high school for six years and then was asked to become the Director of the Media Center at SUNY New Paltz. Greg retired from SUNY in 2003 and moved to Bend, OR to be with his immediate family. Since then, Greg has become involved in Apologetics (Apologetics4You.com) and now spends most of his time writing, taking photographs, producing videos for this subject. Greg also teaches part time at the Central Oregon Community College (Islam, archaeology, and visual arts). Greg travels every year to volunteer at various archaeological sites in Israel, including: the Temple Mount (Wet Sifting), Hazor, Gezer, 'Ir David, Khirbet Qeiyafa, and Khirbet el-Maqatir. He has also traveled and studied in Egypt, Morocco, Andalusian Spain, Turkey and Jordan. Greg has published a number of articles including “Parables from the Arab House (Teibeh)”, “Is the Temple Mount Really Jewish”, and “Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.” His photograph of the Merneptah Stele was featured in the 2016 publication, “Pharaoh in Canaan” by the Israel Museum. Greg serves the ministry of ABR by editing videos for YouTube and promoting ABR at Christian conferences. He has been an ABR Associate since April, 2011.

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