BAR 36:03, May/Jun 2010
Tell of Deception
The name Tel Achzib may mean “mount of deception” in Hebrew, but this artificial archaeological site located in Searcy, Arkansas, offers students an authentic archaeological learning experience. Students in Dr. Dale Manor’s Biblical World and Archaeology class at Harding University have an opportunity to put their classroom training to use in the field right in their backyard. Manor, who holds a doctorate in Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Arizona, has designed a four-layer tell that mimics the strata students would find at a site in Israel or Jordan.
Manor spent the fall of 2007 constructing the 35-by-25-yard site near Harding’s campus, burying archaeological evidence of four distinct periods of habitation similar to those found throughout the Levant. The site uses architecture and artifacts, including agricultural and animal remains, to clue students in to the period represented.