ASOR 2021 – Burna Staff

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A number of Burna staff members will be presenting at ASOR over the next few days.

Using Photogrammetry to Help Solve Ancient Riddles at the Karnak Temple
Mark D. Janzen | Louisiana College, Pineville, LA, USA., Lanier Center of Archaeology, Nashville, TN, USA
Terrence J. Nichols | Lanier Center of Archaeology, Nashville, TN, USA., Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, USA

Controlled Chaos: Violent Goddesses and the Permissiveness of Divine Gender Roles in the Ancient Near East
Rebekah D. Reeder Dutton | Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Huntsville, AL, USA

The Fabric of a Society: 25 Seasons of Excavating Textile Production at Iron Age Tell es-Safi/Gath
Deborah R. Cassuto | Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel

Bethlehem and Netophah in Benjamin and the Purport of the List of Returnees (Ez 2:2–35; Neh 7:25–38)
Aharon Tavger | Tel Aviv University; Ariel University, Israel
Oded Lipschits | Tel Aviv University, Israel. 

A Tale of Two Swords in the Book of Samuel: The Geography of the Demise of David’s Enemies
Chris McKinny | Gesher Media, USA

Visualizing the Tomb of The Royal Steward: The Preliminary Results of The Mount of Olives Funerary Monuments Digital Survey
Matthew J. Suriano | University of Maryland, USA
Ming Hu | University of Maryland, USA

Viewing the Distribution of Stone Tools at Tel Burna through Network Analysis
Shih Hung (Benjamin) Yang | Ariel University, Ariel, Israel
Chris McKinny | Gesher Media, Portland, Texas, USA
Itzhaq Shai | Ariel University, Ariel, Israel

In addition – Itzick and Aharon will be presenting in the digital event next month.


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Check out some photos from the CZECH-ISRAELI INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE (click to join!) arranged by Ladislav Smedja and others – the meeting was in Pilsen – Benjamin and Martin have delivered some nice papers on the finds from Tel Burna.

Registration for 2022 season is officially open!

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We are happy to announce that the registration for the 2022(! – Thanks Antonio!) season at Tel Burna is officially open! We hope you can join us in what we hope will be a full return to Libnah 🙂 as we explore more of the Late Bronze Canaanite cultic area, the 10th century BCE destruction, the Judahite fortifications and buildings, the gate(s?) of the city, and more. Click below for the registration forms.

Summer Season:
June 19-July 15, 2022

Get your tickets for Itzick’s talk at the Bible Lands Museum

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This week Itzick will be giving an interesting lecture on the different destruction layers found at Tel Burna in the Iron II at the Bible Lands Museum – if you are in Jerusalem – don’t miss it!

27/10/21 – From Shishaq to Nebuchadnezzar: Destructions Throughout the “Iron II” at Tel Burna in the Shephelah, Prof. Itzhaq Shai, Ariel University, Hebrew

Tel Burna is a multi-period site situated in the Shephelah, some nine kilometers north of Lachish. Excavations being conducted there since 2010 have revealed a settlement from the Judaean kingdom period containing evidence of events experienced by the kingdom in general and the region in particular from the tenth to the sixth centuries B.C.E. In this lecture we present the silent evidence provided by layers of the various destructions, indicating the geo-political changes in the Shephelah in that period.

Professor Itzhaq Shai is Associate Professor in the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Ariel University, where he is also Vice-President and Dean of Research and Development. His area of research is the Land of Israel and its environs during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and in it he incorporates the history of the Ancient Near East, Bible studies, and natural science. Professor Shai’s B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. are from Bar Ilan University, and his post-doctorate studies were undertaken at the Semitic Museum of Harvard University. Professor Shai has participated in a wide range of archaeological excavations, and has cooperated in publishing archaeological reports. He has participated in editing two scientific volumes, and is currently editing the scientific report of the results of the early Bronze Age excavations at Tel Tzafit. Since 2009 he has been in charge of the excavations at Tel Burna.

Sergio and Rhoda at Tel Burna

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On the heels of their video on Moresheth-gath, Sergio and Rhoda have produced a great video where Itzick explains this past season’s excavations of the very nice 10th century BCE destruction at Tel Burna. Check it out!

Itzick joins “Sergio & Rhoda in Israel”

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Check out this very nice video where Sergio & Rhoda visit Tel Burna and sites in the vicinity as they look for Moresheth-gath the hometown of Micah.

Congrats to Dr. Martin Janovsky!

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We just received word that Martin has successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD! Way to go Martin!

Happy Jewish New Year!

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Despite the ongoing pandemic – as we are about to enter the Jewish fall holidays we would like to take the opportunity to wish our readers a happy (Jewish) near year! To many great new finds, research, and excavating fun in the next year!

2021 Koshitzky Prize

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Check out the recently announced prize for papers by young scholars – see details below.