Robert Cargill

Robert Cargill
Dr. Robert R. Cargill is Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at The University of Iowa. He earned his M.Div. at Pepperdine University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at UCLA. He is the author of Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Gorgias, 2009).While at UCLA, he was the chief architect and designer of the UCLA Qumran Visualization Project, a real-time virtual reconstruction of the site of Qumran, and a research associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
Dr. Cargill has appeared as an expert on numerous documentaries and television shows, and recently hosted the National Geographic special, Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls (2010). He is also well known for his widely-read blog, XKV8R (, which specializes in debunking sensational archaeological claims made by amateurs and the media. Professor Cargill is also an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he serves as Chair of the Blogging and Online Publication section, and in the American Schools of Oriental Research, where he chairs ASOR's Media Relations Committee.

Presenter at

  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XVI, November 22 - 24, 2013
    The Preliminary Results from the First Two Seasons at Tel Azekah
    This presentation discusses the preliminary results from the first two seasons of the new excavations at Tel Azekah, located in the Elah Valley in the Shephelah, west of Jerusalem. The presentation highlights the University of Iowa’s 3D, virtual reality reconstruction of Tel Azekah, offering an overview of the region, the tel as well as the excavated areas, and examines the benefit of digitally modeling archaeological finds as they are excavated.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIV, November 18-20, 2011
    No, No You Didn’t Find That: The Importance of Scholarly Refutation in An Era of Social Media
    This lecture examines several false, sensational archaeological claims related to the Bible made by amateurs and the media over the past few years and refutes them. The lecture then argues why scholars must engage in organized, public refutation of sensational Biblical archaeological claims, and how a knowledge of and presence within popular social media outlets like Facebook and blogs can help curtail the sensationalism that continues to plague the field of Biblical archaeology.

Selected Book by Robert Cargill