ASOR has just announced its scholarships and fellowships for the 2019 excavation year. These are great sources for funding if you are looking to excavate this summer.
And don’t forget – you can easily register for this summer’s excavation season at Tel Burna here.
We are very sad to hear of the passing of Jay Rosenberg’s father. May his memory be a blessing.
Jay Rosenberg has been with the project since the beginning and most of the staff have known him for many years from our time together at Tell es-Safi.
The Frank Moore Cross Award. This award is presented to the editor/author of the most substantial volume(s) related to one of the following categories: a) the history and/or religion of ancient Israel; b) ancient Near Eastern and eastern Mediterranean epigraphy; c) textual studies on the Hebrew Bible; or d) comparative studies of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern literature. This work must be the result of original research published during the past two years. (One award is given annually.) Awarded to Matthew J. Suriano , Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, for A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible.
Check out this 3D model of the excavation areas at Tel Burna following the 2018 season. Thanks to Bruno Soltic for the photographing the site with the Tandy drone.
See the write-up here.
“The site of Tel Burna is located in the Shephelah region, which served as a border between the kingdoms of Judah and Philistia in the Iron Age. A fertile area that supported agricultural production, the region became known as the breadbasket of the south and is believed by some scholars to be a candidate for Biblical Libnah, a Canaanite town that was conquered by Joshua who allotted it to the tribe of Judah.”