News and Updates

Hisban in the news and updates of Hisban happenings, from the field and from home.

February 11, 2013 Feautures Tall Hisban

The Archaeology Channel, a non-profit organization whose website showcases films, audio, and other media about archaeology related topics recently featured the documentary "Deep Time in Tall Hisban" a short documentary style film about the work being done at Tall Hisban. For more information about the Archaeology Channel please visit their site here. To watch their rebroadcast of the film, with an added introduction please click here.

January 7. 2013
World Archaeology Congress Arranges tour to Tall Hisban

The World Archaeology Congress, which convenes this year by the Dead Sea January 13-18, 2013, has added Tall Hisban to its line-up of tours to cultural heritage sites in Jordan. Congress organizers have given prominent billing to a short film about Hisban on its web site (see WAC-7 Tours link below). As this is the world’s largest international congress of archaeologists, this prominent featuring of Andrews’ long-standing archaeological work in Jordan is exciting news for the university and its archaeology faculty and students. Professor Randall Younker, Director of the Institute of Archaeology, will be representing Andrews and the Madaba Plains Project, of which the Tall Hisban dig is a part, at the Congress.

About WAC-7 (from its web site) “The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is the only representative, fully international organization of practicing archaeologists. Founded in 1986, WAC encourages open dialogue among all people concerned about the past, including scholars from under-represented parts of the world, First Nations people, and descendent communities whose pasts are told by archaeologists.

One of WAC's primary functions is to hold an international congress every four to five years to offer discussion of new archaeological research as well as archaeological policy, practice and politics. Previous congresses were held in the United States, South Africa, India, Venezuela, Ireland and England. The Patrons of these Congresses include Nelson Mandela, winner of the Noble Peace Prize along with FW de Klerk; Charles, the Prince of Wales, Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland 1997-2011 and Harriet Fulbright.”

In 2013 Jordan has the honor of hosting the Seventh World Archaeological Congress. The Congress is being convened under the royal patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Link to WAC-7 Congress Welcome page:

·         Scroll down to WAC-7 Tours

·         WAC-7 Tours: Scroll to Madaba Free Congress Tour

·         WAC-7 Tours: Scroll to bottom of page for link to short film about Hisban

December 7, 2012
Publication in Andrews University FOCUS Alumni Magazine "Jordan Field School: New Plans and Theory"

July 2012
Article by Hershal Shanks "First Person: LaBianca's Four Different Kinds of 'Past'" published in BAS Library
Some months ago I received my regular copy of the Newsletter of the Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with the latest report on its longstanding dig at Tall Hisban, an archaeological mound in the Central Jordanian Highlands. As I wrote to the current head of the Hisban publication project, Øystein LaBianca, I was surprised to see that the report contained “not a word about the Bible. Not a citation. Not a mention of ancient Israel.” Continue reading....
November 10, 2011
Jordan Field School Presents at Celebration of Research, Andrews University

September 29, 2011

Undergraduate Research at Tall Hisban was the title of a presentation by Jordan Field School faculty and students at the Thursday night opening of the Andrews University Alumni Weekend.

June 23, 2011

Kulturskatter. Avdekker dagligliv under imperiene (Cultural Treasures: Uncovers daily life under empires). Two-page article by Jorgen Lohne in Norway’s premier newspaper, Aftenposten

March 20, 2009
'Hisban - a window into the march of empires through Transjordan’

By Taylor Luck

HISBAN - Archaeologists and local residents are working to revive Tell Hisban, a link to several civilisations and long-lost cultures.

The site was originally excavated in a 1968 expedition designed to find out whether the modern-day village was connected to the Biblical Heshbon, where it is said Moses-led Israelites took refuge after fleeing Egypt and defeating Sihon, the area’s Ammorite King. Continue reading...

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