Volunteers help uncover Biblical city
|Aerial view of the Tel Burna excavation site [Credit: Skyview Photography Ltd]|
Archaeology is no longer just for archaeologists, it seems; the initiative by Bar Ilan University is leading experts and volunteers on the excavation of the Biblical Judean city, known today as Tel Burna.
|A handle stamped with a seal consistent with the kingdom of Judah [Credit: Itzhaq Shai]|
"No one excavated Tel Burna before because they didn't think there would be too much to find," Shai said.
|Volunteers enjoy getting their hands dirty by helping to excavate the Tel Burna site [Credit: Itzhaq Shai]|
"We found jar handles with the stamped seal that is unique to the administration of Judah in the 7th century," Shai explained. "Because of this, we are able to identify the [human] remains we found as belonging to the administration of the kingdoms of Judah."
|A statue, possibly an idol, found at the Tel Burna site [Credit: Itzhaq Shai]|
Recently, a group of high school graduates from Canada participated in a dig at the Tel Burna site
|Very unique triplet vessels that were possibly used for cult-like rituals [Credit: Itzhaq Shai]|
"Our jobs included digging for ancient artifacts, sifting through the dirt and dusting off rocks," student Ami Moyal told FoxNews.com.
|Egyptian scarab found at the Tel Burna site [Credit: Itzhaq Shai]|
"One of the reasons I chose my job is I get to make the past come alive."
Author: Sasha Bogursky | Source: Fox News [July 11, 2013]