I know its been a while – but I just had twins, and its keeping my hands full!
Returning to our series of earlier posts, its time to discuss the Iron Age I at Tel Burna. The Iron Age I, for those of you who don’t know, is the period that is approximately between 1200-1000 BCE, and marks the arrival of the Philistines, and the development of the Israelite Tribes. During this period, Tel Bruna is not very large, with a settlement of about 2 hectares.
That said, a few important finds were collected in the survey. One of the most interesting is the collection of Philistine pottery. While it seems that Tel Burna was on the Judean side of the border, the presence of Philistine pottery at the site indicates that the people living at Tel Burna interacted with their Philistine neighbors. this is an indication that research needs to rethink how borders worked in the past – these were not like modern borders. this is one of our main research goals at Tel Burna.