Lecture by Itzick at South Florida Bible College on Nov. 13th

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Come check out Itzick’s lecture at South Florida Bible College on Nov. 13th.

Reliving Bible Times: A View from Tel Burna Where Past and Present Meet

We are happy also to announce that registration for the 2019 season is officially open!

The registration form can be accessed here. The online application can be accessed here.


Promotion for Prof. Ladislav Šmejda

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Kudos to Ladislav for his promotion to Professor! Well-deserved!


Newly Restored Vessels – from early 10th century BCE

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Check out these newly restored vessels (by Leah – way to go) – a storage jar and a one-handled jug from the destruction layer in Area B2 (supervisor – Aharon Tavger). We had lots of these come out this summer – it is great to see the fruit of so many labors 🙂 And this is only the beginning – much more to come in the B2 assemblage.

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

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Here is the announcement for the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship for undergraduates. The deadline is March 1 – never too early to start thinking of excavating an Iron Age Gate, a 10th-century destruction layer, and an 8th-century house from the Kingdom of Judah… 🙂


Funding Opportunity

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Recently, a couple of funding opportunities were announced that may be of interest.

Lewis and Clark Fund

Franklin Research Grants

FREE SEMINAR ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 14 “Recent Evidence for Israel’s United Kingdom” LANIER THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY

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Next week, I will be participating in a conference dealing with the United Monarchy (Dr. Steve Ortiz is also a presenter) at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston Texas.

You can read more about the conference and register here (it’s free).

Week 4 – Day 4

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Today was the last day of the season – we took all of the finds to the lab in Ariel. While there – the staff gave a brief presentation of the ongoing pottery restoration and past finds from the excavation.

After a very nice hummus lunch – we drove over to Mount Gerizim above modern Nablus/ancient Shechem – the geographical background to a sizable section of the biblical narrative.

On the way back to the kibbutz – we also stopped off at Izbet Sartah – commonly identified with Ebenezer (1 Samuel 4) – to examine Finkelstein’s excavations of the site back in the 1970s.

All told – this was a fantastic season with very important and interesting discoveries. Each area – accomplished well beyond what we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the season – and on account of this we would like to thank our amazing team for all of their hard work and great attitudes.

In a few days or so – I will put together a season summary which will include some nice visuals of the tell/different areas of excavation.