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Dr. Robert R. Cargill was born in Van Nuys, California to Leonard and Sharon Cargill. His family soon relocated to Madera, California, a small farm town in central California that they called home for 15 years. He attended John Adams Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Junior High, and Madera High School. At age 17, his family moved to nearby Fresno, California, where he graduated from Bullard High School. He attended Fresno City College, where he earned his A.A. degree and won a state championship in 1992 as a catcher with the baseball team. He then transferred to California State University, Fresno, where he pursued an education in the natural sciences. He followed a pre-medical curriculum and earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Physiology.
Dr. Cargill then accepted the J.P. Sanders Scholarship to attend Pepperdine University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Ministry and his seminary degree, the Master of Divinity. While studying biblical studies at Pepperdine University, he began studying archaeology and Middle Eastern culture and politics under Dr. Randall Chesnutt and Dr. John F. Wilson. Also while at Pepperdine, he experienced the birth of his daughter, Talitha Joy. Dr. Cargill returned to Pepperdine in 2002 and taught courses in Hebrew Bible and New Testament at Pepperdine University. In 2004, he was hired by Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman to teach her history and religion of the Middle East. He then accepted a fellowship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his Ph.D. under Dr. William Schniedewind in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with an emphasis in Second Temple period archaeology and biblical studies. His dissertation work focused on the archaeological remains of Khirbet Qumran, the site associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr. Cargill has taught at Pepperdine, UCLA, Azusa Pacific, and Portland State. He was recently appointed as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities, where he oversees the integration of technology into higher education classrooms and humanities research. Dr. Cargill is a Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Research Associate at UCLA, and is the Chief Architect and Designer of the Qumran Visualization Project, a real-time virtual reconstruction of the site of Qumran.
Dr. Cargill's first book, "Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls," examines the settlement of Khirbet Qumran using new technological approaches in the Digital Humanities including digital archaeological reconstruction and virtual reality. Dr. Cargill has appeared as an expert on numerous documentaries and television shows, and regularly lectures on topics concerning archaeology, biblical studies, Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls, religious sects in the Second Temple period, and linguistic ideology.
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Dr. Cargill has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. Dr. Cargill began his archaeological career in 1999 as a Square Supervisor in the excavations at Banias, Israel (Golan Heights) with Dr. Vassilios Tzaferis and Dr. John F. Wilson. The next year he served as Area Supervisor at Banias. In 2004, he began work as a Square Supervisor for the excavations at nearby Omrit, Israel with Dr. Andy Overman. Most recently, Dr. Cargill participated in the excavations at Hatzor, Israel in 2006 with Dr. Amnon Ben-Tor. Dr. Cargill was recently named a Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Research Associate at UCLA.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Dr. Cargill is a professional member of the Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeological Institute of America, Association for Jewish Studies, and the Israel Exploration Society. He is also involved in social and environmental organizations including the National Geographic Society, Global Green USA, Ducks Unlimited, the Sierra Club, the Santa Monica Mountain Trails Council, and is a supporter of 89.3 KPCC - Southern California Public Radio and NPR.
Research interests include the archaeology of Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls, virtual reality, digital modeling, archaeology of the Second Temple Period, Hebrew and Aramaic, literary criticism, biblical studies, the site of Banias, Israel (ancient Caesarea Philippi), the Bar Kokhba Rebellion, and classical Judean numismatics.
I follow closely the following articles:
Ancient Qumran: A Virtual Reality Tour
Ark of the Covenant
Dead Sea Scrolls
-- Copper Scroll
-- Genesis Apocryphon
Northwest Semitic languages
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