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David W. McCreery

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
Specialties: Near Eastern Archaeology, Paleobotany

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Professor McCreery is an internationally renowned Near Eastern archaeologist and paleobotanist. For the Classical Studies Program, he regularly offered courses in Syro-Palestinian archaeology, Archaeological Methodology, Old Testament history, and Hebrew. He retired after 27 years of teaching in May 2015.

A former Director of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman (1981-88), Prof. McCreery participated in numerous excavations, most notably at Bâb edh-Dhrâ` and Numeira (Jordan). Most recently, he served as Co-Director of the Tell Nimrin Excavations in Jordan.

At Willamette University since 1988, Prof. McCreery maintained an archaeological lab on campus where he worked with his students on recent finds. He continues to be involved with the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, whose Founding President he was.

Prof. McCreery's exemplary teaching has been recognized nationally with the coveted Award for Excellency in Undergraduate Teaching bestowed by the Archaeological Institute of America.


  • B.A., Sterling College
  • M.Div., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Selected Grants and Awards

  • U.S. Department of Energy Grant for Neutron Activation Analysis of paleobotanical and soil samples from Tell Nimrin. (through Oregon State University, Radiation Center), 1991, 1992, and 1993.
  • Willamette University Merit Award for Outstanding Research, 1992.
  • NEH Research Grant, Tell Nimrin Project, Jordan, 1993.
  • Willamette University Merit Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research, 1994.
  • Willamette University Professor of the Year, 2000.
  • Willamette University Faculty Achievement Award for Service, 2003.
  • Award for Excellency in Undergraduate Teaching of the Archaeological Institute of America, 2003.
  • Named Director and Professor of Archaeology Emeritus of the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, 2007.
  • United Methodist Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service, 2009.


Prof. McCreery has published more than 20 journal articles and excavation reports.
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