Sorting Out Tell en-Nasbeh: Processing and Reconstructing the Broken Pieces of the Past
(June 2015 - August 2015; Badè Museum Gallery)
“But this restoration work is extremely important, for if done systematically and perseveringly it will become a valuable aid to the scientific work of the expedition.”
- William F Badѐ, A Manual of Excavation in the Near East, 1934
Sorting Out Tell en-Nasbeh: Processing and Reconstructing the Broken Pieces of the Past traces pottery from its archaeological context at Tell en-Nasbeh through its documentation and processing, allowing for the observation of the steps taken by Badѐ and the excavators each season from 1926 to 1935. The sorting and recording of pottery at Tell en-Nasbeh were large scale processes and included the documentation, photography, and reconstruction of a wide range of previously unrecorded ceramic forms. Many of the records, photographs, and slides created at Tell en-Nasbeh are still in use today. Badѐ deduced that humble finds such as pottery can often be the objects which are the most revealing about the human past.
This show is the product of a joint venture entitled “Mining the Collection” in which The Badѐ Museum and The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education’s Doug Adams Gallery in which resident artists work together with members of the Badѐ Museum staff, sharing ideas and concepts to create two joint exhibits that draw inspiration from the Tell en-Nasbeh collection. Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang’s exhibit, “Finding Meaning in the Mess” features works of art comprised of present day plastic artifacts that draw attention to environmental issues and their conservation efforts at the Point Reyes National Seashore.
(Permanent Display; Badè Museum Gallery)
This exhibit is the "heart and soul" of the Badè Museum. It displays a wealth of finds from the excavations at Tell en-Nasbeh, Palestine whose objects span from the Early Bronze Age (3100–2200 BC) through the Iron Age (1200–586 BC) and into the Roman and Hellenistic periods.
Highlights of the exhibit include "Tools of the Trade" featuring real archaeological tools used by Badè and his team, an oil lamp typology, a Second Temple period (586 BC–70 AD) limestone ossuary, and a selection of painted Greek pottery.