Jeffrey Chadwick (BYU) announces new project: Publication of the Tell Rumeida Excavation finds

Prof. Jeffrey Chadwick (or Jeff to most mortals – aka Achish Melek Gat) has announced on Facebook the commencement of a new and exciting project – publication of the finds from the excavations at Tell Rumeida (ancient Hebron) conducted by Hammond in the 1960s.

Here is Jeff’s detailed description of the project – and the project logo:

Fifty years after the commencement of the American Expedition to Hebron (AEH) in 1963, we now announce in 2013 the inauguration of the American Expedition to Hebron Publication Project (J. Chadwick, Director). Here’s a pic of the new, color-accented update of the original expedition logo (which was also an embroidered patch worn on the khaki shirts of the senior staff).

Here’s the AEH story … Fifty years ago this month Prof. Philip Hammond of Princeton Theological Seminary conducted the short 1963 survey season at Tell er-Rumeide in Hebron (el Khalil), which was then territory governed by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Thus began the AMERICAN EXPEDITION TO HEBRON, Hammond’s archaeological project that would excavate at Tell er-Rumeide, ancient biblical Hebron, during the summers of 1964, 1965, and 1966. Finds from EBIII, MBII, LB, Iron I, Iron II, Hellenistic (Hasmonean), and the Roman-Herodian periods were made on the tell itself, including portions of the city wall and southern gate. The project went into permanent hiatus as a result of the war in June 1967, which saw Hebron come under Israeli control. Hammond thereafter concentrated on excavating Petra. Having done my doctoral dissertation on his excavations at Hebron, Hammond bequeathed to me the publication privileges for his AEH work before he passed away five years ago in 2008. And now, we’re ready to start in earnest. Keep an eye out for our first article in a few months, on the LB finds of the AEH.

Hebron publication project image
Should provide some very interesting materials! Way to go Jeff!

3 thoughts on “Jeffrey Chadwick (BYU) announces new project: Publication of the Tell Rumeida Excavation finds

    1. The jars were probably produced during the reign of King Hezekiah in preparation for the attack on Judah by Sennacherib’s Assyrian army, which occurred in 701 B.C.E.

      -This interpretation is questionable. Certainly not all the jars (esp. the ones with Grena’s Top-Register impressions) were used for military preparations.


    2. arenmaeir

      Thanks for posting about the BAR article which I do have – but I think the idea behind the new project is to put out final reports of the finds in scientific and not only popular (as in BAR) manner.


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