Lehmann will present lecture about Caesarea The Department of History, the Archaeology Laboratory, and the Honors Program at The University of South Dakota will present a public lecture, "The Archaeology of King Herod's City, Caesarea-by-the-Sea." The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 in Farber Hall in Old Main on the campus of The University of South Dakota.
The lecture will be presented by Clayton Miles Lehmann, associate professor of history at USD.
Herod the Great, king of the Jews, founded Caesarea at the end of the first century BCE. Within a generation it became the capital of the Roman province Palestine and one of the great cities of the ancient Mediterranean. In the Middle Ages it was the center of one of the Crusader kingdoms in the Holy Land.
Located on the coast of Israel north of Tel Aviv, Caesarea is now one of Israel's most visited sites because of its spectacular location, fascinating history, and interesting ruins. It has been the subject of archaeological investigation continuously since the early 1970s.
Lehmann, who has been involved in the excavation of Caesarea since 1979, will present an illustrated lecture about the history and archaeology of Caesarea. He will also discuss opportunities for volunteers to excavate at Caesarea this summer. Scholarships will be available for USD students.