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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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………….
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.
In light of the last few posts that show the great work Jeremy has been doing with the pottery restoration from Areas A and B, we thought it would be nice to see the man with some of his nearly finished “puzzles.” Keep up the great work!
A few weeks ago we showed some of the area A1 pottery restoration process – here is another update of an Iron II storejar and a nice Late Bronze storejar from area B. Check them out!
Jeremy has begun the process of restoration for Area A1 (an Iron II strata outside of the Iron II fortification). So far, a nice complete(ish) Iron II storejar is being restored. You can check out this process and the location of the finds in the pictures below. This is a very nice find that illustrates that the Iron II habitation of Tel Burna stretched beyond the fortifications. Nice to see it coming together!