From the Field! Tel Burna with Itzick Shai

Episode: Our first on site episode ever! That’s worth celebrating, right? Chris McKinny is in the field at Tel Burna, where he’s been digging for over a decade with site director Itzick Shai, whom he interviews from the top of the Tel.

Guest: Prof. Itzick Shai is VP and Dean for Research and Development at Ariel University. He’s an archaeologist and the director of the Tel Burna Archaeological Project. His research focuses on the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Southern Levant. He completed his PhD at Bar Ilan University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Semitic Museum of Harvard University. Prof. Shai was a research fellow in the School of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University and taught at Bar-Ilan University and Yellin Education College. He joined Ariel University in 2012 as a senior lecturer and in 2015 established the newest institute of archaeology in Israel. From 2018-2020, Prof. Shai was the Vice Dean of R&D at Ariel University. He is the editor of two books and has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals. Since October 1, 2020, he has been the Vice President and Dean for R&D at Ariel University.  (from the Ariel University website).

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