My participation in the 2011 excavation season at Tel Burna, made possible through the support of the Platt Fellowship from the American Schools of Oriental Research, helped further my research on the socio-political history of the Shephelah. During the Iron Age, Tel Burna was situated in the borderlands of Judah and Philistia, and my work at Tel Burna gave me a better sense for the material culture of this liminal area during the late Iron Age. Furthermore, the excavation allowed me to carefully examine evidence for the transitions that occurred between the late Iron Age to the Persian Period. All of these factors directly contribute to my goal of understanding the cultural and historical identity of Tel Burna against the broader socio-political background of the inner coastal plain in the first millennium BCE.
ASOR Fellow excavates at Tel Burna
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