Call for Volunteers for 2015 Season!

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Check out our flyer for volunteers for the 2015 season. Hope you can join us for what should be our best excavation season yet.

New Lab Sign – Tel Burna Conservation and Excavation Project

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Check out the brand-new sign for our archaeological lab at Ariel University. Our official project name is the “Tel Burna Conservation and Excavation Project” – a special thanks goes to donor Yaacov Farber! 

New Sign for the Lab at Ariel
New Sign for the Lab at Ariel

Lecture on Burna at the Bible Lands Museum

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Itizck will be lecturing at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem on Wednesday, October 22 @ 7:30 pm as part of their Fall Lecture series

The lecture is called “Border Towns of Judah: A View from Tel Burna” – If you are in the area don’t miss it! 

A View of Tel Burna
A View of Tel Burna

 

 

Scanning the Wavy Line Pithoi for Analysis with Avshalom Karasik

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Today, we had the pleasure of Avshalom Karasik of Hebrew University visiting the Burna lab. He came in order to create a measureable 3D scan of our huge (!) Cypriot (?) Wavy Line Pithoi that we found in Area B a couple of years ago. The whole process was very interesting and should provide some great results for comparison with other similar vessels (e.g. Ulubrun Shipwreck) and their function in Burna. 

Avshalom setting up the scanner
Avshalom setting up the scanner
Avshalom reconstructing the models
Avshalom reconstructing the models

New 3D Model of the Tell

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Check out our new 3D model of the entire tell. Thanks to Limor and Griffin Aerial Imaging for the aerial shots (like their page at the link)! 

3D Image here (works in Google Chrome, click on “3D Model” – you can then pan and zoom and get a good view of the tell). 

The view of the tell on the south and east is particularly interesting as this may very well be the location of the gate. The 3D model also gives you a nice view of how Tel Burna dominates the Nahal Guvrin and the route that ran through it. This model also gives you a great view of the mostly square c. 75x75m fortified area of the Iron II casemate walls. Enjoy!

See the more detailed models of Areas A2 and B here. 

View of Tel Burna from North 2014
View of Tel Burna from North 2014

Aerial Video of Khirbet ‘Atr with Burna in the Distance

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Check out this aerial video taken by Iftah Gold (Ron’s son) from his DJI Phantom “drone.” We took this footage and other aerial photos at nearby Khirbet ‘Atr (biblical Ether). The site of Ether is mentioned only once in the bible.

Libnah (Tel Burna?), Ether (Khirbet ‘Atr), Ashan, Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.” (Joshua 15:42–44 ESV)

Thanks Iftah! Maybe next time we can find and identify Iphtah for you :)

Tel Burna from above Khirbet 'Atr (Ether) - view from south.
Tel Burna from above Khirbet ‘Atr (Ether) – view from south.
Khirbet 'Atr (Ether) aerial looking south towards Lachish, notice the wall
Khirbet ‘Atr (Ether) aerial looking south towards Lachish, notice the wall

 

2014 3D Models of Tell and Excavation Areas

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Check out these models of the tell and the excavation areas. The models load best in Google Chrome. Once you are in the model click on “View 3D.”

General tell view (the model is rough with some holes in the mesh. Zoom into tell for a nice view of the west, north and south side of the tell.)

Area A2

Area B

I am of the opinion that these models are very helpful for visualizing the excavation areas. Remember the excavation squares are 5×5 meters, including the sections (balks/baulks) between the squares.

Please let us know if you have viewing problems. Enjoy!