Biblical Scholar at NCC8

Northcentral Chapter 8 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

Dr. Pamela Gaber, director of the Lycoming College dig at Idalion in Cyprus, and professor of archaeology and Judaic studies, will present on Public Outreach. This will be one presentation in the Northcentral Archaeology, Chapter 8 lecture series. Families with school-aged children are encouraged to attend.

Gaber earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University with a specialization in ancient art of the Near East. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the sculpture of ancient Idalion. She has participated in archaeological field work for more than 30 years, and has directed excavations at Idalion since 1987. Gaber spent seven years as a professor of art history at the University of New Hampshire. She has also served on the faculty at the University of Arizona, where she taught Near Eastern humanities. She is recognized throughout Cyprus as an expert in typology and pottery chronology—the tracing of the development of pottery types over time.

The author of several books and numerous publications, Gaber’s “Excavations on the East Acropolis of Idalion” was published in December 2007. She recently authored a children’s book, “Daily Life in Bible Times: What Archaeology Tells Us.”

Gaber teaches senior seminar in archaeological theory and courses in Judaic studies, but she will also continue to conduct her field school each summer.

Northcentral Chapter 8 is the Lycoming County chapter of The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc. which was organized in 1929 to: Promote the study of the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of Pennsylvania and neighboring states; Encourage scientific research and discourage exploration which is unscientific or irresponsible in intent or practice; Promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information; Encourage the establishment and maintenance of sources of archaeological information such as museums, societies, and educational programs; Promote the dissemination of archaeological knowledge by means of publications and forums; Foster the exchange of information between the professional and the avocational archaeologists.

More information about the local chapter, Northcentral 8, also is available online at, or by calling Robin Van Auken, 916-0026.