UE’s Department of Archaeology and Art History to Host Two-Day Symposium in New Harmony November 11-12

Posted: Monday, October 2, 2017

University of Evansville’s Department of Archaeology and Art History will host a two-day symposium in New Harmony on November 11-12, entitled From New Harmony to the Holy Land: The Story of Rosamond Dale Oliphant Templeton, “Formerly Owner of Armageddon.”

All events are free and open to the public excluding optional tours of New Harmony on Sunday, November 12. Registration is available online at www.evansville.edu/NewHarmony.

The two-day symposium will highlight the early life of New Harmony native Rosamond Dale Owen, her fascinating archaeological legacy in Israel - including presentations on excavations at Megiddo (Armageddon) and UE’s Jezreel Expedition - and recent archaeological investigation into the history and prehistory of New Harmony.

A full schedule is as follows:


SESSION 1 - Saturday November 11


  • 1:15 p.m.:  Jennie Ebeling (University of Evansville): Opening Remarks
  • 1:30 p.m:  Patricia Sides (Willard Library): Life in Arcadia: The Early Years of Rosamond Dale Owen
  • 2:15 p.m.: Michael Strezewski (University of Southern Indiana): 2000 Years of History at New Harmony: Archaeology’s Role in Telling the Story
  • 3:00 p.m.: Archaeological tours of New Harmony with Michael Strezewski (free)


  • 5:00 p.m.: Reception with refreshments
  • 6:00 p.m.: Michael Austin (EVPAA University of Evansville) – Introduction
  • 6:15 p.m.: Eric Cline (George Washington University): Rosamond Dale Owen Oliphant Templeton: Formerly Owner of Armageddon


SESSION 2 - Sunday November 12


  • 8:45 a.m.: Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:00 a.m.: Yolanda Norton (San Francisco Theological Seminary) - Introduction
  • 9:15 a.m.: Norma Franklin (University of Haifa, Israel): In the Valley of Armageddon: A View from Jezreel
  • 10:00 a.m.: Ian Cipin (University of Evansville): From Evansville to Jezreel
  • 10:45 a.m.: Jennie Ebeling (University of Evansville): The Status of Women in Archaeology
  • 11:30 a.m.: Closing Remarks
  • 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Tours of New Harmony available from Historic New Harmony docents ($10 per person, to be paid at registration)

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