New Equipment – Thanks to the Weisselbergs!

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Thanks to a generous donation from Edward and Myrna Weisselberg we were able to purchase Tel Zayit’s excavation equipment from Ron Tappy! This equipment will be a great help to us in the field for this season and coming seasons. Thanks Edward and Myrna Weisselberg!

Area B Restoration Process

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Check out the restoration one of the large pithoi from area B – way to go Yirmi! This is one of several large storage vessels found near the ritual masks, figurines, chalices and unique cultic vessel.  Very nice! Of course if you want to see the rest of these vessels and their siblings you will have to come join us this summer :)

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Final Day of Spring Season – Looking Towards the Summer

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Today was our last day in the filed until June, when we will kick off our Summer season of 4 weeks! Today we worked with the ICB students up in Area A, continuing the three new squares we began work in. Thanks to them and the Master’s College students who joined us Sunday and Monday, plus Jeremy, Sandy and Ofer – this spring we managed to do have some real progress towards helping our goals of expanding the Iron Age II and Late Bronze Age exposures. This will make our summer even more prosperous – make sure to SIGN UP NOW FOR THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE!!!

Here are some shots from our last day of work.

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Day 2 – Spring 2014

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Today we went into working in Seven new Squares!!!!

The ICB team broke topsoil in three squares in Area A, while Ofer and Sadn – two of our core team of volunteers that come back every year for more – continued to work in one of our existing squares, discovering what seems to be remains of a destruction on an Iron Age surface, with much burnt material and even discovered most of the pieces of an Iron Age Lamp!

The team from the Master’s College worked in Area B, opening 4 squares and discovering more walls of the Late Bronze Age structures there, picking up along the way many nice pottery sherds, including a piece of an imported Cypriot Basering Bowl and a sherd of an imported Mycenean Jug! here are some pics of the group enjoying themselves – thanks for all your hard work! Tomorrow is our last of the spring season – can’t wait for the summer!

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Day 1 of 2014 Season kicks off

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Today was day 1 of the 2014 season, with three days of spring work starting today. As always Day 1 is a lot of logistics, but the great teams we had from Israel Bible College (headed by Sheila Gyllenberg) and the Master’s college (headed by Chris McKinny) got off to a fabulous start.

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The Master’s College 2014 Team
IBC 2014 Team
IBC 2014 Team

We moved all of Ron Tappy’s equipment into our new container at Kibbutz Galon (thanks Ron – longtime excavator of our sister site Tel Zayit – and good luck with publication!), and then headed up to the tell, which was covered in green and yellow. unfortunately the green and yellow need to be removed in and around the squares, but people seemed to make excellent use of these colors!

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"if you're going to Tel Burna, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"
“if you’re going to Tel Burna, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

We cleared the squares and marked them with the help of J, and got all set to sink our teeth into the ground tomorrow morning. keep your fingers crossed ! here are some more pics:

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Spring Season in 6 Days!

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We would like to remind everyone that we will be conducting a short 3-day spring season at Tel Burna from Sunday-Tuesday of next week (March 23-25). The principle participants, as in past years, will be students from Israel College of the Bible and the Master’s College. Should be a very interesting three days – as we will be opening new squares in and around the large 8th century BCE structure in the center of the tell and several squares in area B around the 13th cent. BCE cultic building.  If you are in the area and free on one or more of these mornings please come join us – the tel will be beautifully dressed in spring flowers and greenery :)  

Visit to Tel Burna March 9 – with Prof. Dr. Michael Rohde

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Today, under cloudy skies Itzick, Chris and I visited the tel with our guest Prof. Dr. Michael Rohde, of Theological seminar Elstal (University of applied sciences), in Wustermark near Berlin.

It was a perfect opportunity to see the tel dressed-up in green and sprinkled with wild flowers.

While showing Michael around we discussed plans for the short March season and the opening of new squares in two weeks.