William F. Albright (1891–1971) is regarded as the father of modern Biblical archaeology. His careful stratigraphic excavation of Tell Beit Mirsim—a relatively unimportant site—made it the type-site for Palestinian pottery chronology. He and his colleagues believed in the general historical accuracy of the Bible, and he hoped to use archaeological evidence to date the patriarchal narratives. From 1929 until his retirement in 1958, Albright was chair of the Oriental Seminary at Johns Hopkins University; from 1930 to 1968 he edited the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Albright cofounded, with David Noel Freedman, the Anchor Bible Series. He is the author of From the Stone Age to Christianity (1940) and Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan (1968), among many other works.