Academic Credit for Summer Season

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We are pleased to announce that we are now offering academic credit for participation in the excavations of Tel Burna!

For those interested see the following:

Academic credit is available through Ariel University – please contact project director – Itzick Shai at shai.itzick@gmail.com

  • 3 credit hours for 2 weeks of field/academic work ($500)
  • 6 credit hours for 4 weeks of field/academic work ($600)

New Articles by Matt and Itzick

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Check out the new articles that were recently published published by Itzick and Matt respectively.

Shai, I. 2014. Ashkelon: The Seventh Century B.C. By Lawrence E. Stager; Daniel M. Master; and J. David Schloen. Final Report of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, vol. 3. Winona Lake, Ind.; Eisenbrauns, 2011. Pp. XV + 817, illus. Journal of American Oriental Society 134.2:516-519

Suriano, M.J. 2014. “Breaking Bread with the Dead: Katumuwa’s Stele, Hosea 9:4, and the Early History of the Soul.” JAOS (134.3).385-405.

Suriano, M.J. 2014. “The Historicality of the King: An Exercise in Reading Royal Inscriptions from the Ancient Levant.” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History (1.2). 95-118.

Way to go!

Great Aerial Video of a Very Green Tel Burna!

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Check out this aerial video of Tel Burna – notice how green the site looks! The video was made by AirCamz using a DJI phantom. Cool!

New Article on Tel Burna Seal Impressions in ZPDV

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Check out our newly published article on the “private” stamped handle (and a few other impressions – LMLK and Rosette) that was found at Tel Burna in 2012 in 8th and 7th century BCE contexts.

It was just published in the Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina Vereins (ZDPV):

Shai, I.; Dagan, A. Riehl, S.; Orendi, A.; Uziel, J.; and Suriano, M. 2014. A Private Stamped Seal Handle from Tel Burna, Israel. ZDPV 130: 121-137. 

Four-winged LMLK and Rosette
Four-winged LMLK and Rosette
Private Seal Impression - Ezer Hagai
Private Seal Impression – Ezer Hagai
Private Seal Impression - Ezer Hagai
Private Seal Impression – Ezer Hagai

Scholarship Opportunity Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

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If you are looking for some financial support to help fund your time at Tel Burna this summer – Check out this scholarship opportunity from the Archaeological Institute of America.

Debi’s Research Featured on the ASOR Blog!

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Check out Debi’s blog post on the ASOR blog on her ongoing research into textile production at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Way to go Debi!

Area B Featured in LiveScience!

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Check out the nicely written article (with lots of quotes from Itzick) at LiveScience:

A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.

While archaeologists have not fully excavated the cult complex, they can tell it was quite large, as the courtyard alone was 52 by 52 feet (16 by 16 meters). Inside the complex, researchers discovered three connected cups, fragments of facemasks, massive jars that are almost as big as a person and burnt animal bones that may indicate sacrificial rituals.

One of the large pithoi mentioned in the article
One of the large pithoi mentioned in the article