7 Andrews archaeology students/professors went to the Oriental Institute and to Powell’s Bookstore in Chicago. I was very excited because I found McGovern’s Baqah Valley volume and Pritchard’s Tell es-Sa’idiyeh volumes, which are two important works I will have to reference often for my thesis on Safut. I also got Seller’s Beth-zur volume (important for Iron I archaeology).
It is always enjoyable going to a museum with people who are equally interested in the subject matter. All of the Oriental Institute material is interesting, however the Megiddo finds are particularly cool especially the seated bronze/gold foiled El deity (which seems to be the closest parallel to the tutellary Safut deity). Of course the Sargon II wall reliefs and bull statues from Persepolis are bigger than life, really amazing to stand next to.