The Dewey and Marion Beegle Artifact Collection
This collection is largely made up of artifacts found by Dewey and Marion Beegle. Dewey Beegle became a professor of Old Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in 1965. His wife, Marion was an assistant in the student accounts and alumni offices of American University. The couple had a special affinity for the culture and history of Biblical lands. They worked for nearly ten seasons excavating Shechem and Heshbon. Over the years, they assembled a large collection containing pottery, stoneware, metalwork, glassware, coins, and other objects.
The items enlighten our understanding of the ancient and biblical worlds. Archaeological data enabled critical assessment of the Bible and a more vivid context to the stories preserved in
The Beegles donated the collection at the end of 20 years of service to Wesley Seminary.
Some of these items are featured in glass cases along the 3rd floor hallway of the Kresge Academic Building.
Select artifacts are described below. Please visit the 3rd floor of Kresge to see them all.