1162-1163 – Timothy Harrison, Tel Tayinat
Tel Tayinat is an important Bronze Age site in Turkey, in the same neighborhood as Antioch, which also became a very important site in the following centuries. This interesting excavation is uncovering new information about the Hittites as well as the Philistines.
In addition to being Professor of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto and the Project Director of the Tell Tayinat Project in Turkey, Timothy Harrison is the president of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the main professional organization for archaeologists working in the Middle East.
HISTORICAL NOTE: It has come to our attention that The Book and The Spade was also the name of a movie made in 1967, focusing on a Jordan River Valley excavation by Dr. James Pritchard, of the University of Pennsylvania. The movie has been converted to video and is now online.