Martin Janovksý presentation on Tel Burna

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Martin will be presenting on his ongoing research concerning the geoarchaeology of Tel Burna on December 2 – the presentation will be in English. See flyer for registration details.

Congrats to Itzick! The New Vice President and Dean of Research and Development at Ariel University!

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As of this month – Itzick Shai – our very own fearless leader – was appointed to be the new Vice President and Dean of Research and Development at Ariel University! Way to go!

New Opportunity – Digital Humanities Academic Program at Ariel

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Check out the new and exciting certificate program that is going to be offered at Ariel University in Digital Humanities (ancient Near East digital humanities). The program includes two online semesters (in English) and intensive 3 weeks hands-on research at Ariel, including one week joining the Tel Burna Archaeological Project to study the digital documentation and recording system. For those interested – please contact Dr. Shai Gordon –

And check out our very own Benjamin Yang – who is mentioned in this news report concerning Taiwanese Youths in Israel.

Kids from Kibbutz Beit Nir Painting the Sunset over Tel Burna

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Check out these great paintings of Tel Burna at sunset by the local kids from Kibbutz Beit Nir (they see Libnah every day 🙂 Nice work! This is a new take on drawing top plans 🙂

Happy Jewish New Year!

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We would like to wish everyone a happy Jewish New Year – as Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) will occur later this week! Hag Sameah!

Since Tel Burna is likely Libnah – a Levitical city – perhaps those Levitical Libnites rang in the new year with sounds of trumpets 🙂

Artistic reconstruction of the “place of trumpeting” on the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount during the 1st century CE

Great News! Lanier Archaeological Institute at Lipscomb University

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As you might remember – Our SWBTS/Tandy colleagues and friends found themselves in limbo a few months ago when their department was suddenly cancelled. For the back story of the demise of the Tandy Institute at SWBTS see e.g., here and here.

Well, the word is finally out! They are now making the move to Tennessee and Lipscomb University, which has just announced the “Lanier Archaeological Institute“! A number of news outlets have weighed in on this already – see BAR’s editorial here and Christianity Today here. This is such great news!

Reminder – Our Last Lecture of the Season – by Aharon Tavger

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We hope you have enjoyed our lecture series – today at 20:00 (Israel time) Aharon Tavger will be giving our last lecture in the series. You don’t want to miss this one!

July 16 – Dr. Aharon Tavger: Fortification following destruction? The Iron Age fortress of Tel Burna (click to view recorded lecture)

Reminder – Lecture by Christian Locatell

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Christian will be lecturing on July 13 at 20:00 (Israel time) – Tune in for a very interesting lecture with lots of cool visuals 🙂

Dr. Christian Locatell: The sacred tree motif and goddess representation at Tel Burna click to view record lecture.

Reminder – Lecture by Debi Cassuto

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Tune in at 20:00 Israel time to hear Debi’s lecture.

July 9 – Dr. Debi Cassuto: Reconstructing the Invisible: Textile Production in the Southern Levant (click to view recorded lecture; unfortunately the first few minutes were not recorded)

Farewell Lunch for Marcella

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Yesterday, some of the staff got together and had a goodbye lunch for Marcella Barbosa. Marcella has been at Ariel since the end of the 2019 season working on Late Bronze Age pottery from Gezer and from Burna. We wish her the best of luck on the next stage of her research!

If you missed it – check out Marcella’s lecture from a couple of weeks ago.