Tell en-Naṣbeh Digitization Project Complete

Wed, 08/30/2017

The Cornell University Library and the Digital Consulting & Production Services (DCAPS) are proud to annouce that the digitization project of the archaeological plans at the important site of Tell en-Naṣbeh is now complete and accessible online as part of the Cornell University Library Digital Collections. This project was instituted by Prof. Jeffrey Zorn and Prof. Lauren Monroe of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and CIAMS, and funded by ​the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences. Congratulations Prof. Monroe and Dr. Zorn!

From the DCAPS newsletter:

Digitizing Tell en-Naṣbeh (Biblical Mizpah of Benjamin)

Tell en-Naṣbeh, ancient Mizpah of Benjamin, is located 12 km north of Jerusalem in the West Bank. Approximately two thirds of this three hectare, primarily Iron Age, site was excavated by a team from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, between 1926–1935 under the direction of W. F. Badé. Tell en-Naṣbeh is one of the most broadly excavated sites in the southern Levant, making it of great importance for those interested in studying house construction, settlement planning and social organization. The full set of 1:100 plans has, until now, only been available to those able to travel to Berkeley. 50 of the plans are now available online, thanks to funding from the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences.

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View, looking north, of excavations in 1935, primarily Plan 159 and western part of Plan 160. Image copyright of the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California USA, used here with the Museum’s kind permission