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Timnah-Tel Batash

Excavation of the Iron Age site of Timnah by Israeli archaeologist, Amihai Mazar and SWBTS Professor George Kelm began in 1979. Over the course of the following 12 seasons, monumental fortifications and numerous domestic buildings dating from the 7th and 8th c. BC were uncovered. Much of the material culture recovered from the site indicates that Timnah was a production hub of consumable commodities and textiles. From the corpus of Late Bronze Age materials there are numerous luxury goods as well as Philistine wears, suggesting a very mixed and cosmopolitan society.

Related publications:

Timnah: A Biblical City in the Sorek Valley

~by G. Kelm, A. Mazar. 1995


Timnah (Tel Batash) I (Qedem,) Stratigraphy and Architecture.

~by A. Mazar. 1997


Timnah (Tel Batash) II (Qedem), The Finds from the First Milennium B.C.E.: Text and Plates.

~by A. Mazar. 2001

Timnah (Tel Batash) III (Qedem), The Finds from the Second Millennium BCE.

~by A. Mazar. 2006

For more information on the Tandy's participation in the Timnah (Tel Batash) excavation, please contact Ms. Marcella Barbosa at

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