Mission and Scope

The Tandy Institute serves as an umbrella institute for the various centers, museums and academic programs that contribute to archaeology and archaeological research on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. The Tandy Institute is made up of all faculty in the Department of archaeology as well as other divisions in the graduate school and the College at Southwestern. In addition it includes staff from the Tandy Museum as well as the archives division of the Roberts Library.

The Tandy Center for Archaeological Research was established in 1983 as a research institution to support the excavations of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and as a center to introduce the field of biblical archaeology and the ancient near east to North Texas. It was renamed the Tandy Institute for Archaeology in 2009 to incorporate the Department of Archaeology and Biblical Studies. The Tandy Institute for Archaeology sponsors an active program of research, field excavations, and outreach.

The archaeology program consists of three integrated programs: research, academic, and outreach.

Research: The archaeology institute and faculty will engage the disciplines of archaeology and biblical studies by doing primary research and by publishing the results of this research.

Academic: The development of MA and PhD programs to train the next generation of biblical archaeologists.

Outreach: The institute will share the results of the SWBTS archaeology program through the publications of SWBTS, the Tandy museum, a newsletter, and speaking engagements in churches and universities.