Spring Visit to the Tel

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Last week, Itzick and Debi visited the tel with Prof. Steve Ortiz of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and co-director of the Tel Gezer excavations (Tandy Institute). Besides discussing the remains at the site and enjoying the spring vegetation, they also discussed the possibility of future collaboration at Burna with the Tandy Institute.

Lecture by Andrea at Landscape of Archaeology Conference (Hebrew University)

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On March 2 @ 10:00 AM – Andrea Orendi, our own archaeo-botanist and flotation specialist/enthusiast, will be presenting on the “Agricultural Landscape of Tel Burna” at the Landscape of Archaeology Conference at the Hebrew University. If you are in Jerusalem, come see Andrea and a number of other very interesting/important lectures! The details can be found at the following link conference-book-19-feb.

ASOR Scholarships Available

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Every year, ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) makes several scholarships available for anyone interested in joining an archaeological project (ASOR membership is required to apply). The deadline for applying for these scholarships is February 15.



Happy New Year! and Dig Scholarship Opportunity

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Happy New Year to our readers, followers, past participants, staff, etc.!

2016 was a great year in the areas of field work (great volunteers), lab (new lab at Ariel University), funding (ISF – Israel Science Foundation grant for 3 years), and publications. We look forward to 2017 for another fruitful season of research. Happy New Year!

We would also like to point you to another dig scholarship opportunity – Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship through the Archaeological Institute of America.

Dig Scholarships

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If you are thinking of joining our project this summer – you should be aware of a number of available scholarships – we have compiled a list of these scholarships here.

Along those lines – the BAS Scholarship was just posted — Good luck!


Restored Late Bronze Vessels

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Check out the recently restored, but “ancient-ly” made (c. 3200 years ago to be exact), Late Bronze Age vessels from Area B1 at Tel Burna. Leah has been hard at work in our new lab putting these back together. The top shelf shows several examples of the goblets and chalices, which were found in high quantities on the bedrock courtyard, as well as the Cypriot tankard. Very cool! Of course – the best part is being the one to find these in the field – which you could do by simply signing up for this upcoming season – right here 🙂

Late Bronze Vessels from Temple in Area B1

2017 Registration Officially Open!

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We are pleased to announce that the registration for the 2017 Season of Tel Burna (season number 8!) is officially open, and you can sign up at this link 2017_information_registration_package. You can also use our online application here.

In this upcoming season – we plan to reach into the 9th century BCE layers (and perhaps earlier) in Area A2, hopefully solve some of the riddles in the middle of our SIXTY-FIVE METER LONG(!) trench connecting Areas B1 and B2, clarify a few more details concerning the Late Bronze Age temple in Area B1, and continue to find lots of agricultural installations in Area C. All told, it should be a great season with lots of fascinating finds – come and see for yourself!