A new book, in honor of Prof. David Ussishkin of Tel Aviv University has been published (see title below), with many interesting articles by colleagues of his. Ussishkin’s career has been filled with much archaeological research, most notably the excavation and publication of Lachish. In fact, today, I spent the day at Lachish with Gabi Barkai, who excavated there with Ussishkin. Gabi gave a great tour of this wonderful site – only a stone’s throw away from Burna. we then moved on to Tel Zayit, where Gabi also excavates, with Ron Tappy. Throughout the day, I got to look at Tel Burna from all different angles as we traveled around the Shephela.
Back to the book. many interesting articles, including one on the siege trench at Tell es-Safi/Gath by Aren Maeir and Shira gur-Arieh. Another article by Nadav Naaman deals with the Shephela during the Amarna Period, where he suggests identifying Moreshet Gath at Tel Zayit. Needless to say, the identification of Tel Zayit has a direct influence on the identification of Tel Burna, since the two are so close together. The article is quite interesting – you’ll have to read it and many other interesting articles, for yourselves. Here is the citation:
The Fire Signals of Lachish: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin, eds. I. Finkelstein and N. Na’aman. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.