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Digitizing Tell en-Naṣbeh, Biblical Mizpah of Benjamin

By: Ayla K. Cline, 
August 28, 2017

In the fall of 2016, a project from Jeffrey Zorn, adjunct associate professor of Near Eastern studies, was one of four projects awarded a grant from the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, which aims to support collaborative and creative use of resources through the creation of digital content of enduring value to the Cornell community and scholarship at large.

The collection includes scanned plans of Tell en-Nasbeh, an archaeological site near Jerusalem considered one of the most important for understanding town planning in that region. Much of the site was unearthed by a team from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, in the 1920s and 1930s, and until now the full set of plans was only available at Berkeley.

The Digitizing Tell en-Naṣbeh (Biblical Mizpah of Benjamin) Project is now available online!


Tell en-Nasbeh / Square T23 diagram (plan view) Aaron Brody. "Bade Museum: 093_Plan.TIF (Image)" (Released 2010-02-17). Aaron Brody (Ed.) Open Context. <>