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.
Today we received word that our project has been awarded a nice grant from the Samaria and Jordan Rift R&D to analyze and compare the pottery productions in Iron Age Judah. Woo-hoo!
Thankfully, we were able to re-schedule a lecture on Tel Burna for Dallas Theological Seminary for Friday, January 17 @ 11:40 am (building TODD 215). Previously, we had to postpone last month’s lecture due to bad weather. Come hear the lecture if you are interested and around the DFW area this Friday!
Update: Chris McKinny will be delivering the lecture on Friday.
Over the past few days, a couple of important things happened to us at the Tel Burna Project, closing out 2013 in a big way.
First of all, Ed and Myrna Weisselberg continued to support the project with a generous donation of $10,000!!!!! Thank you both so much for this wonderful donation, which will go very far in advancing the project!
In addition, our entry about Burna has now appeared in Archaeology Abroad Email Update No 24 – December 2013 (see link below), which will hopefully bring along some interesting people trying to find an interest in archaeology!
With that, we wish everyone a Happy New Year, with lots of happiness and great finds!
Over the last couple of months, Jeremy has been hard at work restoring pottery from Area B. In the past we have reported about finding large amounts of Canaanite local wares and imported Cypriot vessels of various forms and types in Area B. Now we can begin to see what these vessels would have looked like before their destruction. Here are some results of his work. Great work Jeremy!