Campus Directory: Kevin McGeough

University of Lethbridge

Kevin McGeough
Geography and Environment Department
Office: C862 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 382-7168


BA (History, with Great Distinction), University of Lethbridge; MTS (Bible and Scriptures), Harvard University; Ph.D. (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), University of Pennsylvania


Bronze and Iron Ages of the Near East and Levant, Development of techniques for integrating textural and archaeological materials, World History from 4000-1000 BCE, Ancient economics, History of science, History of archaeology, Historiography and archaeology in the Nineteenth Century, Old Testament studies, Historical geography, Orientalism

Research Areas

Ugaritic economics, Bronze Age economics, World history from 4000-1000 bce, Intimate lives of ancient peoples, Victorian Era scholarship on the ancient Near East

Alternate Languages

Modern: English, French, German; Ancient: Hebrew, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Sumerian, Phoenician-Punic, Aramaic, Transjordanian languages, Egyptian

Selected Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

"Victorian Archaeologies, Anthropologies, and Adventures in the Final Frontier: Modes of Nineteenth-Century Scientific Exploration and Display in Star Trek", Science Fiction Film and Television (in press, expected Summer 2016).

"Pyramid Codes, Playacting, and Veiled Israelite Histories: Pre-Critical Biblical Interpretation and Victorian Archaeology", Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception (in press).

""Will Womankind Now Be Hunting?": The Work and Economic Lives of Women at Late Bronze Age Ugarit", solicited for Women in Antiquity, edited by Stephanie Lynn Budin and Jean Macintosh Turfa; Routledge Press (in press).

"Mummies Curses, Orientalist Tropes, and the Scientist as Hero: Rhetorics of Danger in Near Eastern Archaeology," Chacmool Conference Proceeding 2012 (in press).

"The Roles Of Violence In Recent Biblical Cinema: The Passion, Noah, and Exodus: Gods and Kings", Journal of Religion and Film Vol. 20: Issue. 2, Article 35.

" 'What is Not in My House You Must Give Me': Agents of Exchange According to the Textual Evidence from Ugarit," in Policies of Exchange: Political Systems and Modes of Interaction in the Aegean and the Near East in the 2nd Millennium BC, Proceedings of the International Symposium, 30th May-2nd June 2012 in Freiburg, ed. B. Eder and R. Pruzsinszky (Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) 2, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences; Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015) 85-96.

"Cosmology - Ancient Near East." In Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies. Chris Matthews (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

With D. Bruce MacKay. "All Chinese Are Obsessed With Dragons: A Conversation About Team Teaching, Authority, and Liberal Education." Light on Teaching 2014-2015: 17-20.

"Biblical Archaeology through a Victorian Lens." (Archaeological Views), Biblical Archaeology Review 40 (2014) 1: 26, 67.

"Understanding Ancient History Through Ancient Art: Recognizing Ancient Artistic Conventions." In Daily Life through History. ABC-CLIO, 2010-. Accessed August 19, 2013. (peer reviewed)

"Imagining Ancient Egypt as the Idealized Self in 18th Century Europe," in Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture, ed. C. Ionescu and I. Baird (Surrey, UK: Ashgate Press, 2013) 89-110.

"Ancient Religious Texts," World Religions Reader: Essential Texts and Symbols (e-publication, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Lethbridge).

"Negotiating the Real and the Hyperreal: Nineteenth-Century Experiences of the Bible in the Context of Ancient Near Eastern Discoveries," Biblical Reception 1 (2012) 398-423.

"Should Archaeology Be Used as a Source of Testable Hypotheses About the Bible?" Biblical Archaeology Review 38 (2012) 5: 28, 64.

"Ugaritic Commercial Practices and Biblical Law," A Common Cultural Heritage: Studies on Mesopotamian and the Biblical World in Honor of Barry L. Eichler, ed. G. Frame, E. Leichty, K, Sonik, J. Tigay, and S. Tinney (Baltimore: CDL, 2011) 65-76.

"The Origins of Agriculture," An Introduction to World History, ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 1, ed. C. Neel (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011) 215-20.

With Bruce Routledge, "Just What Collapsed? A Network Perspective on Trade, Exchange, and the Palace at Ugarit," Forces of Transformation: The End of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, ed. C. Bachhuber and G. Roberts (London: Oxbow, 2009) 22-29.

With Elizabeth Galway, "'Working Egyptians of the World Unite!': How Edith Nesbit Used Near Eastern Archaeology and Children's Literature to Effect Social Change," World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East, ed. B.A. Nakhai (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2008) 181-202.

"Peruvian Fishing," World History Association Bulletin 24 (2008) 27-28.

"What is the Middle East?" The Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization Revealed (Sydney: Global, 2008) 12-13.

"Peoples and Cultures," The Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization Revealed (Sydney: Global, 2008) 14-15.

"The Importance of Water," The Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization Revealed (Sydney: Global, 2008) 18-19.

"Esther the Hero," The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 70 (2008) 44-65.

"Heroes, Mummies, and Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies," Near Eastern Archaeology 69 (2006) 174-85.

With Justin Lev-Tov, "Examining Feasting in Late Bronze Age Syro-Palestine Ancient Texts and Bones," in The Archaeology of Food and Identity, ed. K.C. Twiss (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University 2006) 85-111.

"Birth Bricks, Potter's Wheels, and Exodus 1:16," Biblica 87 (2006) 305-18.

"Part One: Geography and History of the Bible Lands," Biblica: The Bible Atlas (Sydney: Global, 2006) 50-88.

"Archaeology and the Bible," Biblica: The Bible Atlas (Sydney: Global, 2006) 24-27.

"Locating the Marzihu Archaeologically," Ugarit-Forschungen 35 (2003/2004) 407-20.

Selected Creative Works


The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century: Appreciations and Appropriations. III. Fantasy and Alternative Histories. Hebrew Bible Monographs 69 (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015).

The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century: Appreciations and Appropriations. II. Collecting, Constructing, Curating. Hebrew Bible Monographs 68 (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015).

The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century: Appreciations and Appropriations. I. Claiming and Conquering. Hebrew Bible Monographs 67 (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015).

Ugaritic Economic Tablets: Text, Translations, and Notes, ed. M.S. Smith (Leuven: Peeters, 2011).

The Romans: An Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Exchange Relationships at Ugarit: A Study of the Ugaritic Economic Texts (Leuven: Peeters, 2007).

The Romans: New Perspectives, ABC-CLIO Handbook to Ancient Civilizations (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004).

With E.L. Hasinoff, A Comprehensive Index to Biblical Archaeologist Volumes 51-60 (1988-1997), ed. W.E. Aufrecht (Atlanta: Scholars Press/American Schools of Oriental Research, 2004).

Editorial Work

"Early Civilizations: 4000-1000 BCE," ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of World History, Volumes 3 & 4. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO), in preparation.

"Classical Traditions: 1000 BCE -300 CE," ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of World History, Volumes 5 & 6. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO), in preparation.

The Intimate Lives of Ancient People. London: Greenwood International Press, (series editor).

American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Report Series (ARS), (series editor 2009-2015).

The Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research (AASOR), (series editor 2016-2019).

Internet Links

Kevin's web Page

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