I have always had a fascination for the ancient world and the archaeology that brought much of it to light. As a young boy growing up in the New York area, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a virtual alternate home, a cathedral of wonder, and a time machine to another world. The antiquities of Sumer, Egypt, Greece and Rome were spellbinding and incited a life-long interest in archaeology.

As a history major at Ursinus College, with a minor in classics, I had the opportunity to do my undergraduate thesis at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania on the Royal Tomb of Gordium in Anatolia which gave me a window into the Hittite culture. Having studied Latin and Greek, my real interest, however, was the Greco-Roman world. I was grateful for the many visits to Italy and Greece to study these civilizations first hand and to visit many archaeological sites.

My education at Lancaster Theological Seminary opened another dimension of interest in Biblical archaeology which I was able to pursue by participating in two digs in the Jerusalem area—The City of David and Ein Yael.

This section contains a narrative of the work at these two sites. Some of the material is excerpted from articles that I prepared for the Conference Courier of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (1985), and the Ursinus Bulletin (1991). The photos are from these two sites, as well as Biblical sites in Israel.

At a later time I will add photos and descriptions of visits to archaeological sites in Rome, Pompeii, Paestum, Athens, Delphi, Corinth, Ephesus, Artemiseum, and Egypt, as well as Celtic sites in Scotland and Ireland.


Harry Serio at the City of David