Check out John Black’s article on Tel Burna and its importance from a biblical, archaeological and historical perspective. Very nicely done! (click on title).
Dr. Itzhaq Shai, excavation director at Tel Burna and assistant professor at Ariel University, and his colleagues are hoping to answer these questions in the coming years as they excavate what is believed to be the site of biblical Libnah, in the region known as the Shephelah.
“Based on the material culture we discovered so far, such as pottery vessels,lamelek (‘to/for the king’) jar handle impressions, and figurines, the site clearly reveals finds consistent with other sites in Judah during the Iron Age,” said Shai, who is overseeing the excavations at Tel Burna for the Institute of Archaeology at Bar Ilan University.
Specifically, Shai and his team are researching the border interaction between the Philistines, who were based in the coastal plain in such cities as Ekron, Gath, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gaza, and the Israelites, who were further east in the Shephelah and hill country. He spent the last fifteen years as an area supervisor for the Tel es-Safi/Gath archaeological project, while his doctoral work was on the Philistine material culture during the First Temple Period. In other words, Shai has extensive experience on the southwest border area of Israel, later Judah, during the First Temple Period.