Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL)

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The Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL) was established in 2010 by St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. The goal is to have a single integrated location for the study of the ancient cultures of the Near East and eastern Mediterranean. It provides a focus for seminars and lectures related to Near Eastern and Biblical Studies at the University of Manitoba. All related archaeological remains scattered throughout the university are being gathered in this location for analysis and curation. NEBAL also provides a single integrated research and administrative facility for faculty and students.

NEBAL is codirected by two staff members of the University (Professor Haskel Greenfield, Prof. and Research Associate Tina Jongsma Greenfield, both with the Department of Anthropology). In addition, several graduate students use the facility to analyse archaeological collections from Israel and Turkey for their theses. Several undergraduates also volunteer in the laboratory annually.

The lab is housed in St. Paul’s College (Rooms 144 and 144B). NEBAL’s facilities are undergoing a multi-year renovation plan to further enhance the research infrastructure of the laboratory. This long-term renovation of the facility is designed to make it a premiere research facility.

The facility provides mentoring and training for students, including hands-on experience with actual collections from Near Eastern archaeological sites. Graduate students are encouraged to use the material in the laboratory for their thesis research.

Current and past research projects undertaken by the NEBAL research team includes: The origins of metallurgy in the Old World and Near East, digital imaging of archaeological sites, application of cutting edge technologies to the excavation of early cities in the southern Levant, study of early urban neighbourhoods through the excavation of Tell es-Saf/Gath, political economy of ancient Near Eastern empires, and analysis of animal bone remains from archaeological sites in Turkey, Israel, Jordan and other countries in the region.
Analysis of zoological remains from various archaeological sites, including Göltepe, Titriș Höyük, Ziyaret Tepe, Tayanat in Turkey; Tell Rumeith in Jordan; Huqoq, Tell es-Safi/Gath, Arad, Yarmouth, Tell Burna, and others in Israel.

Professor Haskel Greenfield was recently awarded a very large (2.7 million dollar) SSHRC Partnership Grant in 2011 for a 7 year collaborative with Bar-Ilan University (Israel). The grant is for the application of cutting edge new technologies during the excavation of the Early Bronze Age remains at Gath/Tell es-Safi to increase our understanding of early urban societies and for the training of students to become the next generation of archaeological professionals.

Each summer, faculty and students from NEBAL participate in excavations in Israel, Turkey and elsewhere in the Near East.

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All donations go directly to the St. Paul’s College Foundation at the University of Manitoba (which does not take any administrative fees), from where they are made available to NEBAL. All funds are used to support students who wish to go on the NEBAL sponsored archaeological excavations or field schools and their research activities in the laboratory.

Links to Archaeological Projects

Tell es-Safi/Gath

Ziyaret Tepe


Titriş Höyük

Tell Burna

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR SUMMER 2013 SEASON (June 30-July 26, 2013) AT TELL ES-SAFI/GATH NOW AVAILABLE (click for forms and instructions on application procedures)!

For more information contact: Prof. Haskel J. Greenfield

Haskel J. Greenfield
Co-Director Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL)
Professor, Anthropology; Associate Member, St. Paul’s College
t: 204 272 1591 e:

Tina Jongsma-Greenfield
Co-Director Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL)
Research Associate in Anthropology;
Research Fellow Member, St. Paul’s College
t: 204 272 1591 e: