Tel Burna

The site of Tel Burna is located in the Shephelah region, which served as a border between the kingdoms of Judah and Philistia in the Iron Age. A fertile area that supported agricultural production, the region became known as the breadbasket of the south and as suggested before by some scholars. It is believed that the site is the best candidate for Biblical Libnah. The tel’s prominence is notable in its flat-topped shape, extensive size, and fortification which are still visible today. Survey finds from the 2009 season indicate that the city was an important entity in the Bronze and Iron Ages.  Excavations have revealed settlements from the 13th, ninth, eighth and seventh centuries BCE, as well as some Persian period remains. Excavations are on-going. The excavations are directed by Dr. Itzhaq Shai, Ariel University (Israel). Tina Greenfield is the project zooarchaeologist and the remains are being analysed in Israel and in NEBAL.

Official Tel Burna Excavation Website 


Dr. Tina Jongsma-Greenfield
Co-Director Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL)
Research Associate in Anthropology;
Research Fellow Member, St. Paul’s College
204 272 1591
Tina.Greenfield@umanitoba.ca