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Digging Up Joshua's Ai: Week One of the 2014 Season
View the 2014 Photo Album on the ABR FaceBook Page
Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir: 1995 to 2000 and 2009 to 2013: A Border Fortress in the Highlands of Canaan and a Proposed New Location for the Ai of Joshua 7–8
Follow up Report on the 2013 Season at Khirbet el-Maqatir
In Search of Joshua’s Ai: 11th Season of Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir Now Complete
In Search of Joshua’s Ai: 11th Season of Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir
Israel Antiquities Authority 2013 Khirbet el-Maqatir Report PDF
View the 2013 Photo Album on the ABR FaceBook Page
Maqatir Monastery Money, Bible and Spade 25.2
Outstanding Finds Made at Kh. el-Maqatir May 28–June 8, 2012.
Khirbet el-Maqatir: Week One 2012
Khirbet el-Maqatir: Week Two 2012
View the 2012 Photo Album on the ABR Facebook Page
The Search for Joshua's Ai at Khirbet el-Maqatir 2011
Blog Reports from the 2011 Excavation Season
View the 2011 Photo Album on the ABR Facebook Page
Israel Antiquities Authority 2011 Report from Khirbet el-Maqatir: PDF
ABR’s Excavation of a Byzantine Church. Bible and Spade 24.1: 22–28. (PDF in the Winter 2011 issue of Bible and Spade).
Diary of the 2011 Season by Don McNeeley
Digging up Joshua’s Ai: The 2009–2010 Seasons at Khirbet el-Maqatir
Field Report on the December 2010 Excavations of the Byzantine Monastery
View a Slide Show on the ABR Facebook Page from the 2010 Excavation and Tour
A Canaanite Massebah or Stele found at Khirbet el-Maqatir? (PDF in the Winter 2011 issue of Bible and Spade).
ABR’s 2009 Excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir: The Infant Jar Burial
The ABR Excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir: Review of Past Work and Report on the 2009 Season
Update from Khirbet el-Maqatir Week Two
Update from Khirbet el-Maqatir Week One
Khirbet el-Maqatir 2000 Excavation Report from Israel Exploration Journal (PDF)
Khirbet el-Maqatir 1999 Excavation Report from Israel Exploration Journal (PDF)
Khirbet el-Maqatir Excavation Report from Israel Exploration Journal (PDF)
Maqatir IEJ Report 1995-1998.pdf (2.64 mb)
1999 IEJ Maqatir Exc Report.pdf (2.93 mb)
2000 IEJ Maqatir Exc Report.pdf (3.28 mb)
Stripling Report December 2010 Monastery.pdf (8.74 mb)
2011 Antiquities Report.doc.pdf (9.81 mb)
MAqatir IAA Report 2013.pdf (3.43 mb)
ABR is closely monitoring the violence in Israel. While we deplore the violence in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip and the coastal region of Israel, we are grateful that it has not spilled over into the West Bank where the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation is located. Our dig is in Area C, or the disputed territories; therefore, the Israeli military maintains a tight control there, including a guard tower that overlooks our site. In addition, we have armed security guards on our site while we are excavating. We have never needed the guards or felt in any way at risk. The Israeli Antiquities Authority will not allow us to excavate if there is any risk involved. There is no indication that they are concerned. We are confident that the 2015 excavation will be uninterrupted and safe. If the situation changes, we will take appropriate steps. Please join us in praying for peace in the land of the Bible.
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