The location of Joshua's Ai has been a matter of mystery and controversy since the beginnings of archaeological research in Israel. Scholars have concluded that the location of Joshua’s Ai is at et-Tell. They have also used this conclusion to discredit the Biblical account of Joshua 7-8 because there is no evidence of occupation at et-Tell during the time of Joshua. We believe they are incorrect, not the Bible.
Since 1995, under the direction of Bryant G. Wood (PhD, University of Toronto), ABR research and excavation has uncovered important archaeological finds at Khirbet el-Maqatir, just .6 miles (1 km) west of et-Tell, and about 9 miles due north of Jerusalem.
The discoveries include a rare 15th century BC Egyptian scarab (shown above), a Late Bronze I city gate and wall system, large amounts of pottery from the time of Joshua, remains from the Judges period, evidence of destruction by fire, ancient coins, a first century AD village, and a Byzantine monastery.
We believe that as further evidence emerges as a result of the sound archaeological, historical and geographical research of ABR volunteers, the biblical account will continue to be vindicated. Join us during the next Dig season as a volunteer in digging up Joshua’s Ai.