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Digging at Khirbet el-Maqatir 2015: Week Four
Digging at Khirbet el-Maqatir 2015: Week Three
Digging at Khirbet el-Maqatir 2015: Week Two
Digging at Khirbet el-Maqatir 2015: Week One
View the 2015 Photo Album on the ABR FaceBook Page
2014 Israel Antiquities Authority Report
The Winter 2014 Dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir
Digging up Joshua's Ai: Week Two of the 2014 Season
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)
2014AntiquitiesReport-Final rev.pdf (7.82 mb)
ABR is closely monitoring the violence in Israel and the Palestinian controlled territories. While the violence is often contained in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip and the coastal region of Israel, it has now spilled over into East Jerusalem and the West Bank where the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation is located. Americans and other westerners are almost never the focus of violence, but we have growing concerns over the security for our guards and other Israeli staff members. Based on these developments, the Winter Dig has been canceled for 2015. There is a possibility that the Maqatir excavations may be postponed in May-June 2016. Presently, we are moving forward with our plans in prayer, as the situation could subside in the coming months. We are working on alternative plans to excavate elsewhere in Israel in 2016, such as Shiloh, Gezer, or the Temple Mount Sifting Project. These projects are all in very safe areas of Israel. If we decide to move our project to Shiloh, this would be a new ABR dig and would hopefully span several years. In any of these cases, we plan to take a group to Israel this coming summer.
While we are being careful to exercise due diligence with wisdom, we have a strong sense of God's providential hand guiding us as we plan for the future. We are confident that ABR will be excavating in Israel this summer, and we are excited about the possibility of you joining us. Please join us in prayer for peace in Israel and for wisdom in making these important decisions concerning our excavations.
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