Happy New Year! and Dig Scholarship Opportunity

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Happy New Year to our readers, followers, past participants, staff, etc.!

2016 was a great year in the areas of field work (great volunteers), lab (new lab at Ariel University), funding (ISF – Israel Science Foundation grant for 3 years), and publications. We look forward to 2017 for another fruitful season of research. Happy New Year!

We would also like to point you to another dig scholarship opportunity – Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship through the Archaeological Institute of America.

Dig Scholarships

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If you are thinking of joining our project this summer – you should be aware of a number of available scholarships – we have compiled a list of these scholarships here.

Along those lines – the BAS Scholarship was just posted — Good luck!


Restored Late Bronze Vessels

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Check out the recently restored, but “ancient-ly” made (c. 3200 years ago to be exact), Late Bronze Age vessels from Area B1 at Tel Burna. Leah has been hard at work in our new lab putting these back together. The top shelf shows several examples of the goblets and chalices, which were found in high quantities on the bedrock courtyard, as well as the Cypriot tankard. Very cool! Of course – the best part is being the one to find these in the field – which you could do by simply signing up for this upcoming season – right here 🙂

Late Bronze Vessels from Temple in Area B1

2017 Registration Officially Open!

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We are pleased to announce that the registration for the 2017 Season of Tel Burna (season number 8!) is officially open, and you can sign up at this link 2017_information_registration_package. You can also use our online application here.

In this upcoming season – we plan to reach into the 9th century BCE layers (and perhaps earlier) in Area A2, hopefully solve some of the riddles in the middle of our SIXTY-FIVE METER LONG(!) trench connecting Areas B1 and B2, clarify a few more details concerning the Late Bronze Age temple in Area B1, and continue to find lots of agricultural installations in Area C. All told, it should be a great season with lots of fascinating finds – come and see for yourself!



Tel Burna Team at ASOR and SBL

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Next week, many of our team will be presenting at the ASOR and SBL meetings in San Antonio. These lectures including some very interesting discussions related to our excavations at Burna in the last few seasons, as well as some non-Burna related research. Here is a list of papers that will be presented by the Burna Team.

Archaeology and Biblical Studies I – 11/17/2016

9:05 Chris McKinny, (Bar-Ilan University), “Struck Down for Error: A Discussion of Two Early Iron Age Israelite Temples and Their Possible Connection to the Movements of the Ark of Covenant in Samuel” (15 min.)

Archaeology of the Southern Levant – 11/18/2016

10:40 Casey Sharp (University of Haifa), “In the Shadow of Tel Nami: A Newly Examined MB IIA Settlement on the Carmel Coast” (20 min.)

ASOR – Archaeology of the Southern Levant – 11/18/2016

11:25 – Itzhaq Shai (Ariel University), Chris McKinny (Bar-Ilan University), Matthew Spigelman (Independent Scholar), Avshalom Karasik (Israel Antiquities Authority), David Ben-Shlomo (Ariel University), Dvory Namdar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Joe Uziel (Israel Antiquities Authority), “Two Cypriot Pithoi from Late Bronze Age Tel Burna” (15 min) 

ASOR – The Archaeology of Feasting and Foodways – 11/18/2016

11:55 Tina Greenfield (University of Manitoba), “Late Bronze Age Feasting in Canaan: A View from Tel Burna” (20 min.)

ASOR – Methods of Historiography in the Study of Ancient Israel and the Levant—Joint Session with SBL – 11/19/2016 8:20-10:25

Co-chaired by Matthew Suriano along with Lauren Monroe

SBL  – Archaeology of the Biblical World 11/20/2016 –  1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Itzick Shai, Ariel University Center of Samaria
New Insights on the Iron IIB in the Shephelah: A View from Tel Burna (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)

Go Team! 🙂

Registration Details for Summer 2017

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We are excited to announce the registration details for this upcoming summer’s excavation season (2017) at Tel Burna! We will be in the field from July 2-July 28! Come join us for what promises to be a great season with very interesting finds!

Click 2017_information_registration_package