The Search for Joshua’s Ai at Khirbet el-Maqatir: Season 9-Set Up Day

Share/recommend this article:

Excerpt Tomorrow we begin the first day of excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir, 10 miles north of Jerusalem in Israel’s West Bank. Directed by Dr. Bryant Wood, this is the dig’s 9th season, all sponsored by the Associates for Biblical Research. Continue reading

Explore
Related Articles
Support
Like this artice?

Our Ministry relies on the generosity of people like you. Every small donation helps us develop and publish great articles.

Please support ABR!

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover & PayPal

Today, our dig staff went to the site and laid out a dozen squares in preparation for tomorrow.  This year, our team will be working in three different areas:

1.) The 15th century BC fortress of Ai from Joshua’s time

2.) The 2nd-1st century BC Hasmonean fortress

3.) The 4th-6th century AD Byzantine monastery.

We are all ready to go tomorrow, except… Dig Director Bryant Wood is still at home recuperating from a recent stem cell transplant procedure and chemotherapy.  His health continues to improve and his spirits are good, but after starting and leading the dig for nine years, he is sitting this season out.  So the rest of us have two major thoughts in mind – first, don’t screw anything up for Dr. Wood and, second, let’s find all the good stuff while he is gone!  But I assure you he is still directing things from home and will be processing and publishing all the results from this season.  I will just ask you to continue to pray for him and his speedy recovery. 

Many of you have been praying both for Dr. Wood and our whole team for months.  Well, D-Day (Dig Day) is now here and we will be reporting for duty tomorrow at 4:30 AM!  Thanks for the support and we will keep you posted. 

Gary Byers

Administrative Director


Pile of tesserae uncovered by the excavation team led by Scott Stripling in January 2011.

Floor and Walls of the Byzantine Monastery structure.

Surveryors and diggers work hard at preparing the site for excavation work. Top: L to R:Suzanne Lattimer, Titus Kennedy, Joel Kramer, Brian Peterson, Jim Luther.

 

Bottom: L to R: Suzanne, Joel, Jim, and Brian.

Research RSS Feed

AddThis Feed Button

Recent Articles

Lately my son, Barry, and I have been experimenting with shooting aerial video from a remote control...
For decades, scholars have continually argued that "there is no evidence for the Exodus" in Egypt. Aside...
Ted W. Wright serves as the Executive Director of CrossExamined.org, a Christian apologetics ministry....
Listen to this two-part radio interview with Dr. Scott Stripling about the 2014 excavation season at...
Associates for Biblical Research
  • PO Box 144, Akron, PA 17501
  • Phone: +1 717-859-3443 | Fax: +1 717-859-3393
  • Toll Free: 1-800-430-0008
Friend ABR on Facebook.com Join us on Twitter Join us on Twitter