More exciting news! New Book on the LB and Early Iron Age in Southern Canaan Published

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In the middle of the last week of excavation – we received word that our (Aren Maier, Itzhaq Shai, and myself/Chris McKinny) edited book “The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan” had been published by de Gruyter in the Archaeology of Biblical Worlds series! This volume is the published version of a series of lectures that were delivered at Bar Ilan University under the title “Ackerman Family Workshop in Biblical Archaeology” a few years ago. Here are the full bibliographic details for the edited volume.

Maeir, A. M., Itzhaq, S., and McKinny, C. (eds.). 2019. The Late Bronze and Early Iron Age of Southern Canaan. Archaeology of the Biblical Worlds 2. Berlin: de Gruyter. (click for link to front matter and TOC, and click here for de Gruyter’s site page).

Within the volume, myself, Aharon, and Itzick wrote a paper comparing the LB remains at Tel Burna to the surrounding sites in the region. Here are the bibliographic details for this paper:

McKinny, C., Tavger, A., and Shai, I. (2019) Tel Burna in the Late Bronze – Assessing the 13th Century BCE Landscape of the Shephelah. Pp. 148–170 in The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan, eds. A. M. Maeir, I. Shai, and C. McKinny (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter.

ISF Grant – Funding for the Next Four Years!

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We are very excited to announce that the Tel Burna Archaeological Project and its esteemed director (Itzick) have been awarded an ISF (Israel Science Fund) grant!

This is great news – we will now be able to continue the project for (at least) the next four years and carry out different types of analyses of the different layers of the site! Here is a shot of the newly uncovered gate in Area G that will certainly benefit from the ISF – way to go Itzick!!!

Drone Video from John DeLancey

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Check out the nice drone video that John shot and edited!

Week 4 – Day 3

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Today – we finished cleaning Area B2 for the final aerials later this evening. Also, we moved all of the material from the kibbutz to the Ariel lab where the team enjoyed looking over the finds from previous seasons.

Here are some pics from the day:

Week 4 – Day 2

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Today – we swept, swept, and swept some more. We also removed the shades from A1 and B2 and took all of the tools to the container. Jerry did a fantastic job reorganizing the container and now everything fits nicely inside!

Tomorrow – about half of the group will go to the tel to sweep and the other half will prepare the dig camp/office for closing off the season.

It has been a really great season and we are so thankful for all of our hardworking team and staff.

Personally, in my area – Area G – we had a fantastic group (Natasha, Shawn, Lauren, Jacob, Hyun, John, Kay, Wally, Nadine, Jeff, Christian, and anyone else that I may have forgotten 🙂 and assistants (thanks Ian and Benjamin!)

Here are some photos of today’s work.

Week 4 – Day 1

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Today – we started the final week of the excavation and already we have begun to prepare for closing down the excavation.

A1 – Jane joined forces with the B3 crew (who closed down their area last week) and they made some nice progress exposing a wall with plaster in the Late Iron IIA destruction.

A2 – Debi and co. closed down the area for the season today and did a lot of sweeping!

B2 – Aharon got some new recruits this week from Ariel and A2 and they will continue to excavate tomorrow in a few places. It is now really clear that the outer fortification wall is floating and was probably not in place during the early Iron IIA destruction. Clay and others also continue to excavate inside of the fortification where we now have a nice stretch of the original casemate fortification.

G – We finished several small projects today exposing different parts of the area for the final aerial. Significantly! it seems that Shawn discovered one of the gate sockets! At this point, it is not clear if this relates to the 8th-7th century gate or an earlier gate. We will try and find out next year… stay tuned – now that we have one gate – why not one more 🙂

We were also visited by several people including Benjamin Foreman (The Master’s University), David Ben Shlomo and Michael Freikman (Ariel University) and John More (Bible Passages).

Benjamin Yang was interviewed by Good TV – a leading Christian news agency in Taiwan and China.

This afternoon – Itzick and I led a group from Tell es-Safi/Gath around the tel – as always it was great to catch up with our doktorvater (Aren Maeir), old friends and colleagues.

Week 3 – Day 5

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We ended week 3 with a nice flourish of finds and a cleaner picture of the stratigraphy in the different areas.

A1 – Jane, Andrew, and Keegan beautifully excavated a nice burnt building with an associated plaster wall. They also were able to collect several seeds below the outer fortification wall which might help provide a date for the fortification.

A2 – Debi and co. began to prepare the area for the end of the season. At this point, it is clear that they are through the 9th century layer – but the date of the next layer is unclear as they are finding a lot of Late Bronze and Early Iron IIA pottery. Next season – they will have to work through this to try and understand the complex stratigraphy of the earlier levels.

B2 – Aharon’s crew had a number of families visit and work in his area. They also made some nice breakthroughs. It seems likely that the outer fortification cuts through the Early Iron IIA destruction – which would mean that the fortification wall is later.

B3 – Marcella, Jerry, et al. closed down Area B3 – the area looks great and they have a lot of potential for next season.

G – We made some nice progress exposing the fortification and even have a small section of what seems to be a Persian surface. We also exposed several new walls that we are still trying to understand.

The weekend crew is in Jerusalem this weekend – starting off at Herodium.

Even Andrew can find something