The Clayton Museum of Ancient History at York College will host Dr. Mark Meehl for the annual Archaeology and the Bible Speaker Series event, on September 17.

Meehl's presentation topic will be, The Philistines in History, Archaeology, and the Bible – an Archaeologist’s View. A professor of theology at Concordia University, Dr. Meehl has participated in several archaeological digs in the Holy Lands, including ten seasons of excavation at Tel Miqne-Ekron, one of the five major Philistine cities that figured prominently in the history of ancient Israel. 

The program will be held in the Miller Room of the Mackey Center on the York College campus from 7 to 9 p.m. No tickets or reservations are necessary to attend this free event open to the public.

About the Speaker

Born and raised in Brighton, CO, Mark Meehl graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE with bachelors degrees in history and secondary education. After working and back-packing through Europe, he began his graduate work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, completing his Master of Arts in Religion at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He then attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies. 

After completing his coursework at Johns Hopkins, Meehl was a research fellow at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem for two and a half years where he completed the research for his doctoral dissertation. He has been a professor at Concordia University in the theology department, a position he has held since 1991, teaching courses in Old and New Testament, biblical Hebrew, and archaeology.

Meehl has published a book titled “Tel Miqne-Ekron Excavations 1995-1996: Field INE East Slope – Iron Age I.” He is currently in the process of publishing his second book, “Taanach II: The Iron Age Stratigraphy.”

Dr. Meehl enjoys pedaling his mountain bike on the dirt roads around Seward, playing trombone in various ensembles and traveling throughout the Middle East visiting friends and former colleagues. He is an archivist and historian for the 384th Bomb Group, the unit to which his father belonged during World War II. Meehl also spends as much time as he can with his wife, Jan (Wolters) Meehl and twin sons, Seth and Ben.

About the Clayton Museum

Since its completion in 2015, the Clayton Museum of Ancient History on the York College campus has had thousands of visitors from across the state and nation. A 2019 Nebraska Passport site, the museum includes a display of ancient artifacts and a children’s interactive learning area. A new temporary exhibit, the Story of the Bible, will open later this fall. The museum is a benefit to campus and community patrons of all ages. For more information, visit