This spring (April 21-25), the Tel Burna expedition will kick off its 4th season of archaeological investigation. We will be joined by a group of around 30 students from The Master’s College and hopefully a few others. Our focus will be on the two areas on the tell – areas A and B.
In area A, we will be opening several new squares in order to further expose the large Iron Age IIb (time of Hezekiah) level in the center of the tell (A2) and the large fortifications on the eastern side of the tell (A1). These fortifications date to the Iron Age II – one of the goals of the 2013 season is to provide a more accurate date for these walls, as well as, outline the large northeastern tower built into these fortifications.
In area B, we will continue to expose the large Late Bronze Age building that has previously produced very interesting artifacts of a cultic nature (ritual masks and chalices). Our goal for this area is to trace the contours of this building. We are also excited to be using GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) in an attempt to locate more structures on the lower platform of Tel Burna (i.e. Area B).
We hope you are able to join us for what should be an exciting spring season!