Passing of Omer Lev

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We are very sad to hear of the passing of Omer Lev – son of Ron Lev (former Tel Burna area supervisor and member of Kibbutz Galon). May Omer’s memory be a blessing.

Tel Burna at the TAMUCC Fair

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Last week – amidst the craziness of ETS, ASOR, SBL – Texas A&M University Corpus Christi had an overseas opportunities fair for the students. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.

Thankfully, Shawn Hanson, who participated in last season’s excavations, was able to put together a very nice booth and share her experience/excitement for excavating at Tel Burna. Way to go Shawn!

2019 ASOR and SBL Meetings

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It is that time of year again! Several Burnaites/Libnites will be descending upon sunny San Diego to deliver papers. Below – you will find a list of papers related to Burna and/or its staff. We would also like to use this opportunity to remind you that the 11th season of Tel Burna is 6 short months away – come join us as we expose more of the Late Bronze village, the 10th century BC destruction layer, and the Iron Age Gate(s?!?)

In addition, Aharon and myself (with our Shephelah neighbor – Dr. Kyle Keimer) have arranged a session related to the Historical Geography of the Southern Levant – we have a number of really interesting papers – including what should be a lively discussion between Kyle and myself (and Dr. Zac Thomas) about the identity of Khirbet er-Raʿi (which has been recently identified with Ziklag by the excavators.

Wednesday 11/20 ETS/NEAS

2:40 Chris McKinny (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) and Zachary Thomas (Macquarie University), “Historical Geography Gone Awry at Khirbet er-Raʿi? The Case against Identifying Khirbet er-Raʿi with Ziklag” (30 min.)

Thursday 11/21 ASOR

8:20 Tina L. Greenfield (University of Saskatchewan), “Religion and Ritual: The Cult of Sacrifice in Ancient Mesopotamia” (25 min.)

8:55 Tiffany Okaluk (University of Manitoba), Haskel J. Greenfield (University of Manitoba), Tina L. Greenfield (The University of Saskatchewan), K. Aslıhan Yener (New York University), and Aren M. Maeir (Bar-Ilan University), “Axe Technology in the Early Bronze Age Near East: An Experimental Study to Identify the Raw Material of Ancient Axes Used in the Butchering Process” (25 min.)

10:45 Haskel J. Greenfield (University of Manitoba), Tina L. Greenfield (University of Saskatchewan), Elizabeth Arnold (Grand Valley State University), Itzick Shai (Ariel University), Shira Albaz (Bar-Ilan University), Jeremy Beller (University of Victoria), and Aren M. Maeir (Bar-Ilan University) “Exchange and Urban Networks in the Southern Levantine Early Bronze Age: Artifactual and Ecofactual Evidence for Exchange Networks at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel” (15 min.)

Friday 11/22 ASOR

9:35 Kyle Keimer (Macquarie University), “Biblical Ziklag: The Case for Khirbet er-Raʿi”

10:00 Chris McKinny (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) and Zachary Thomas (Macquarie University), “Historical Geography Gone Awry at Khirbet er-Raʿi? The Case against Identifying Khirbet er-Raʿi with Ziklag” (20 min.)

10:40 Aharon Tavger (Ariel University), “The Border between Manasseh and Ephraim: A New Geographical Explanation in Light of the Geology and the Archaeological Surveys”

Saturday 11/23 ASOR

9:25 Sarah Richardson (University of Manitoba), Tina L. Greenfield (University of Saskatchewan), Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba), and Aren M. Maeir (BarIlan University), “Spatial Distribution and Interpretation of Bone Tools at Tell esSafi/Gath during the EB III” (15 min.)

Sunday 11/24 SBL

1:00 PM Chris McKinny, Bar-Ilan University
The Setting of the Assassination of King Joash of Judah: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Identifying the House of Millo (20 min)
Tag(s): Biblical Archaeology (Archaeology & Iconography), Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Archaeology & Iconography)

Monday 11/25 SBL

4:00 PM Christian Locatell, Ariel University Center of Samaria and Chris McKinny, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
The Tree of Life and LB Canaanite Cult: Reflection on a Recently Discovered Krater Decoration from Tel Burna (25 min)
Tag(s): Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Archaeology & Iconography), Archaeology of Religion (Archaeology & Iconography), Biblical Archaeology (Archaeology & Iconography)

Congrats to Kathleen!

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Congrats to Dr. Kathleen Nicol for winning the 2019 Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award. Way to go!

Shana Tova!

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Happy new year (Rosh HaShanah) from the Tel Burna team!

Lecture by Andrea et al. on Flax Cultivation at Burna

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Andrea Orendi delivered a nice lecture in Bern at the EAA meetings. The paper was co-authored with Debi and Itzick and was entitled:

Carbonized linseeds from Tel Burna, Israel. Flax cultivation intended for textile production?

Way to go team!

Canaanite Cult with a Cypriot Scent: the Latest on the Tel Burna Excavation Project

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Last night – project director Itzick Shai delivered a lecture at the Bible Lands Museum entitled – “Canaanite Cult with a Cypriot Scent: the Latest on the Tel Burna Excavation Project.” This lecture dealt with the numerous cultic and imported Cypriot items found in Area B1 over the last several years.

Thanks to Debi for the photo!