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A TALE OF TWO TELS
or THE JEZREEL THING
by Barnea Levi Selavan
September 10, 2017
The Jezreel Expedition (http://jezreel-expedition.com/) is excavating ancient Yizrael, the city for which the Jezreel Valley is named. Civilizations thrived on this tel both before and after the biblical period when it was a royal stronghold of Israelite kings. However few people know that besides the settlement spanning the ridge there was an additional settlement by the Spring of Jezreel, where the Bible says King Saul's army gathered to fight the Philistines.
Before a spade even touched the ground, Excavation Directors Dr. Norma Franklin (U. of Haifa) and Dr. Jennie Ebling (U. of Evanston) conducted an extensive ground survey in 2012, which ws featured in an earlier Foundation Stone program, and blitzed the site with LiDAR. The team discovered features, caves, and structures.
Actual excavation commenced in 2013 together with a consortium of 7 other universities,  with results that are beginning to fill in the pages of the site's history, and raising questions impossible to consider without integrating the technology with ground work – for example, identifying the ancient paths between the two settlements to transport water, despite their crossing a field plowed for the past 100 years.   
LandMinds interviewed Dr. Norma Franklin of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at U. Of Haifa to discuss the latest finds and review 5 years of work. Yet the free-ranging discussion of approaches to archaeology and other topics expanded so much that we mutually agreed to call it Part I, leaving the biblical history and finds for a future interview.
In addition to this September recorded podcast, we filmed Dr. Franklin's on site tour to the 2017 incoming excavation staff. Despite lower sound quality, seeing the actual site and its special features is most instructive, so we share here as well.
***NEW*** LANDMINDS SEPTEMBER 2017 PODCAST (VIDEO)
It's September and the Jewish New Year is in the air. The 2017 excavation season is essentially complete. Above you can tune into our interview with Dr. Norma Franklin of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology. Together with co-director - Dr. Jennie Ebeling of the University of Evansville they have determinedly set out to clarify the archaeological record at Tel Jezreel. Dr. Franklin has a wealth of insight to share and we were thrilled to get her on the line. We've included some drone stills and video, but we think you'll find Dr. Franklin as engaging as we did. Shana Tova to all of our LandMinds listeners.

Norma Franklin and Tel Jezreel
"A Tale of Two Tels"

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***NEW*** LANDMINDS AUGUST 2017 PODCAST (AUDIO)
This past August, Barnea took his trusty Xoom audio recorder down to the city of David for an on-site interview with classmate - archaeologist Helena Roth, who is working in Area E of the City of David. The dig, led by Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, continues to shed light on this essential part of historical Jerusalem. Click on the link below for a fun audio look at one of Jerusalem's most revealing excavations.
***NEW*** LANDMINDS 2017 SPECIAL PODCAST (AUDIO)
Recently Barnea and I took our recording devices to the Tzomet Institute in Gush Etzion (Alon Shevut). There at the institute we me with Rabbi Binyamin Zimmerman who gave us an insider's view of the fantastic work they are doing developing technologies to work within the parameters of Jewish law to minimize Sabbath and holiday desecration. This is not about archaeology or history - the work of the Tzomet Institute is in developing the synthesis between science and halacha. And if that interests you, this interview should be of great interest.
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