Restored Pottery Vessels

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Check out Yirmi’s recent work on the restoration of the pottery from Areas A and B. Hopefully we will find more of the same




Archaeology and Text Conference at Ariel University

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Next week Ariel University will be hosting part of the Archaeology and Text conference (full title Archaeology and Text: Toward Establishing a Meaning Dialogue between Written Sources and Material Finds). The conference begins on May 10 at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem and continues the following day at Ariel University (May 11). There appear to many interesting lectures for both days (including one co-authored by Joe) – if you are in Israel you don’t want to miss it.

See schedule here.

Also – remember that there is just over a week left before the deadline to apply for our best season yet ;)

Deadline Extended to May 15th

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We have extended the deadline to sign up for excavating this summer to May 15th. Now there are no more excuses for not coming this summer :)

The Cerw Part 1
The Crew Part 1

Recent Articles and Presentations

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Last week, we (Chris, Debi and Itzick) published a brief preliminary report on the last 5 seasons (6 including the survey) of the project at the Bible and Interpretation. You can read it here.

Itzick also presented a lecture at the Ackermann Family Expedition to Gath LB Workshop (Bar Ilan) on the cult in the Late Bronze Age based on our findings from Area B (Chris and Joe were co-authors).

Chris gave a lecture on Area B to a very interested audience at Lakeview Baptist Church in Mathis, Texas.

There is still time left to take part in the next round of amazing finds!


Excavation Academic Credit and Scholarship Opportunity

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We are pleased to announce that academic credit is now being offered to participants of the Tel Burna Excavation project who wish to take part in this summer’s field school. The credit will be given through Ariel University in either 3 (two weeks) or 6 (four weeks) credit hours, which are transferrable to a student’s home school. The two week/3 credit course costs $500 and the four week/6 credit course costs $1000. For those interested please contact Dr. Itzhaq Shai at

If you are looking for a way to fund your summer adventure at Tel Burna – here is yet another scholarship opportunity – this one is offered by Israel Scholarship.

2014 Season Min with a complete Iron IIB bowl

Popular Archaeology Article Published

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Check out Itzick’s newly published article on Tel Burna at Popular Archaeology (subscription required).

An archaeological team is excavating a site that is showing evidence of having been a fortified settlement belonging to the kingdom of Judah both before and during the time when the Assyrians were sacking the kingdom’s cities in the 8th century BCE.

Known today as the site of Tel Burna, the mound is located in the fertile rolling plains of the Shephelah, a region between the coastal plains and the Jerusalem mountains in central Israel. It is an area that, anciently, served as a strategic borderland between the Philistines in the west and ancient Israel and the kingdom of Judah to the east. Today, Tel Burna is surrounded by other ancient sites that have been intensely investigated and excavated over the years.  But this site has seen relatively little exploration and research—until now………….

LMLK, Personal Stamp, and Rosette seal impressions from the 8th-7th centuries BCE

Registration for Summer

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The summer season is rapidly approaching – if you are thinking of registering – remember the deadline for registration is on May 1. Don’t miss your chance to find the next amazing find from Tel Burna!

Registration details can be found below.

2015 Tel Burna Excavation Information and Registration Packet