Another Generous Donation from the Weisselbergs

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We are pleased to announce another generous donation to the Tel Burna Archaeological Project by Edward and Myrna Weisselberg!

Edward and Myrna have supported us since day one of the project andtheir support has played a huge role in the effectiveness of the project to date – thank you Weisselbergs!


Happy new year and congratulations to Chris!

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First of all, we here at Tel Burna would like to wish all of our friends a very happy New year! May 2016 be a very productive and exciting time for all of bus and May we have another great archaeological year at Burna!

But wait! Big news, Chris Mckinny’s book has appeared! The book, titled “My People as your people: A textual and archaeological analysis of the reign of Jehoshaphat”, is based on his ma thesis. Way to go Chris!!!! May this be the first of many.




Benjamin in BAR and the BAS Excavation Scholarship

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Our very own Benjamin Yang was featured in the most recent edition of BAR, which shows last year’s BAS scholarship winners and announces this year’s scholarship opportunity.

Ben with a complet Iron II juglet

Generous Donation from Yeshua Bride Preparing Ministry

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We are very happy to announce that we have received a very generous donation from Yeshua Bride Preparing Ministry! Paul Chang and several members from his congregation joined us this last summer in the field and we hope that they will join us again! We would especially like to thank Paul and his wife Esther.

As always, any donations of any sum in support of the Tel Burna Archaeological Project are most welcome.

Paul hard at work in Area A2, summer 2015


SBL and ASOR Tel Burna Presentations

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Over the last couple of days, several of our staff have presented papers at this year’s ASOR and SBL conferences. At ASOR, Itzick presented on the finds from the last two seasons. At SBL, Chris and Itzick gave a paper on the cultic finds from Area B1. The presentations can be accessed below.

Prezi Presentation

New BASOR article on Area B1 by Itzick, Chris and Joe

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We are pleased to announce that BASOR (Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research) has just sent the final proofs of our article “Late Bronze Age Cultic Activity in Ancient Canaan: A View from Tel Burna,” which was authored by Itzick, Chris and Joe!

Here is the abstract:

Excavations at Tel Burna, Israel, have uncovered portions of a large structure from the Late Bronze Age IIB, yielding numerous finds that suggest ritual and cultic practices occurred in the building, particularly in its central courtyard. is article presents the finds from the excavations, examining the meaning of the cultic artifacts discovered and comparing the building with the nearby Fosse Temple at Lachish. It is hoped that the discovery and presentation of the finds will help yield important information on cultic practices occurring in the 13th-century b.c.e. Shephelah.

Bibliographic Details:

2015: Shai, I., McKinny, C., Uziel, J. “Late Bronze Age Cultic Activity in Ancient Canaan: A View from Tel Burna.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 374: 115-133.

2016 Excavation Season Application

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We are excited to officially open up registration for the 2016 season at Tel Burna – season number 7 – which will undoubtedly be the most fantastic and productive one yet!

The paper form can be found here or go to “Join us” in the toolbar above.

But for those who are more tech-savvy – we have created an online form which can also be accessed from the toolbar under “Excavation Application.” Besides (hopefully) streamlining the application process – the online application provides some details related to a “pre-excavation tour of Israel” that will take place right before the excavation – led by myself (Chris).

Look forward to seeing you this summer! :)