The Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL) was established in 2010 by St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. The goal is to have a single integrated location for the study of the ancient cultures of the Near East and eastern Mediterranean. It provides a focus for seminars and lectures related to Near Eastern and Biblical Studies at the University of Manitoba. All related archaeological remains scattered throughout the university are being gathered in this location for analysis and curation. NEBAL also provides a single integrated research and administrative facility for faculty and students.
NEBAL is codirected by two staff members of the University (Professor Haskel Greenfield, Prof. and Research Associate Tina Jongsma Greenfield, both with the Department of Anthropology). In addition, several graduate students use the facility to analyse archaeological collections from Israel and Turkey for their theses. Several undergraduates also volunteer in the laboratory annually.The lab is housed in St. Paul’s College (Rooms 144 and 144B). NEBAL’s facilities are undergoing a multi-year renovation plan to further enhance the research infrastructure of the laboratory. This long-term renovation of the facility is designed to make it a premiere research facility.
The facility provides mentoring and training for students, including hands-on experience with actual collections from Near Eastern archaeological sites. Graduate students are encouraged to use the material in the laboratory for their thesis research.
Current and past research projects undertaken by the NEBAL research team includes: The origins of metallurgy in the Old World and Near East, digital imaging of archaeological sites, application of cutting edge technologies to the excavation of early cities in the southern Levant, study of early urban neighbourhoods through the excavation of Tell es-Saf/Gath, political economy of ancient Near Eastern empires, and analysis of animal bone remains from archaeological sites in Turkey, Israel, Jordan and other countries in the region.
Analysis of zoological remains from various archaeological sites, including Göltepe, Titriș Höyük, Ziyaret Tepe, Tayanat in Turkey; Tell Rumeith in Jordan; Huqoq, Tell es-Safi/Gath, Arad, Yarmouth, Tell Burna, and others in Israel.Professor Haskel Greenfield was recently awarded a very large (2.7 million dollar) SSHRC Partnership Grant in 2011 for a 7 year collaborative with Bar-Ilan University (Israel). The grant is for the application of cutting edge new technologies during the excavation of the Early Bronze Age remains at Gath/Tell es-Safi to increase our understanding of early urban societies and for the training of students to become the next generation of archaeological professionals.
Each summer, faculty and students from NEBAL participate in excavations in Israel, Turkey and elsewhere in the Near East.