The Tel Burna Archaeological Project
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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 is believed by some scholars to be a candidate for Biblical Libnah, a Canaanite town that was conquered by Joshua who allotted it to the tribe of Judah. The tell’s prominence is notable in its flat-topped shape, extensive size, and fortification which are still visible today. Survey finds indicate the city was important throughout 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.