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


The Passing of Ido Ginaton

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We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of our good friend and excavator – Ido Ginaton, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Netherlands. It was always a pleasure and fun working and talking with Ido – who always had an opinion, a smile, good coffee, and a willingness to help any and everyone at Tel Burna. We will miss him!

Lecture on the Late Bronze at Tel Burna at Texas A&M Corpus Christi

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I (Chris) will be giving a lecture at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on the Late Bronze finds from Tel Burna over the last 7 seasons. Here is the announcement and the flyer (Texas themed :).

NEW: Oct. 3: Religious Studies Minor Speaker Series featuring Professor Chris McKinney: The College of Liberal Arts welcomes all to the Religious Studies Minor Speaker Series. The first talk features Professor Chris McKinny, who teaches Biblical Archaeology at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. McKinny’s talk, “Beseeching the Storm God? Canaanite Cultic Activity at Tel Burna, Israel,” will take place from 1 – 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, in Island Hall, room 267. The talk is free and open to the public and includes a Q&A session. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Epley, Religious Studies Minor Coordinator, at jennifer.epley@tamucc.edu.


New Article – “Reassessing the Character of the Judahite Kingdom”

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A new article entitled “Reassessing the Character of the Judahite Kingdom: Archaeological Evidence for Non-Centralized, Kinship- Based Component” written by Prof. Aren Maeir and Dr. Itzick Shai has just appeared in the feschrift in honor of Prof. Yossi Garfinkel (From Sha‘ar Hagolan to Shaaraim Essays in Honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel). Besides the compelling background for describing the historical situation of the Kingdom of Judah, they also give a nice “shout-out” to Tel Burna (and Tell es-Safi/Gath) in the following quote.

“It would be safe to assume that various local elites most probably changed loyalties over time. Just as the רפא family, as noted above, may have been first associated with the Philistines and later with the Judahites, other clans might have changed sides over time. A hint at this might be found in the depictions of the relationship between the Judahite Kingdom and the town of Libnah (Tel Burna?). As noted above, Josiah’s mother is attributed to this town, while on the other hand Libnah supposedly revolted against and was besieged by Jehoram (2 Kings 8:22; 2 Chron. 21:10). Perhaps, then, this reflects the ever-changing relations between this specific site and the Kingdom of Judah, situated in a region that traditionally vacillated between Judahite and Philistine control (on this point, see as well Blakely, Hardin and Master 2014).”

Read the whole thing here.

Full bibliographic entry:

Maeir, A., and I. Shai
2016  Reassessing the Character of the Judahite Kingdom: Archaeological Evidence for Non-Centralized, Kinship-Based Components. In From Sha‘ar Hagolan to Shaaraim Essays in Honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, edited by S. Galon, I. Kreimerman, K. Streit, and M. Mumcuoglu, pp. 323–340. Israel Exploration Society, Jerusalem.