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15th Century BC Destruction Layer at Joshua's Ai
Khirbet el Maqatir: A Border Fortress in the Highlands of Canaan
Is It Time to Throw Away Your Bible? A Roundtable Discussion: Joshua and the Battle of Ai
Watch video footage of the Discovery of the 15th century BC Scarab at Khirbet el-Maqatir.
Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir's First Century Village
Discovery of a Baptistry in the Monastery at Khirbet el-Maqatir
Is the Bible wrong about the City of Ai in Joshua 7-8?
A Series of Short Clips from the 2012 Excavation Season
ABR Director of Development Henry Smith explains the work at Khirbet el-Maqatir in this TV interview from 2011.
ABR Director of Development Henry Smith explains the work at Khirbet el-Maqatir in this TV interview. (Time: 13:45 to 21:45)
Excavation Timelapse from the 2010 Season, created and filmed by Nathan Lundquist.
Dr. Bryant Wood discusses his extensive research pertaining to Joshua 7-8 in this eight part video presentation from 2008.
Dr. Scott Stripling briefly explains the work being done on the Byzantine Monastery at Khirbet el-Maqatir. The Byzantines were infamous for building churches at sites where they believe significant Biblical events took place. Could this Monastery be here because this is where the Israelites defeated the King of Ai and his army in Joshua 7-8?
Video produced by volunteer Roy Crase from the 2010 excavation season.
Footage from the square supervised by Dr. Eugene Merrill of Dallas Theological Seminary, 2011.
Short clips from the 2011 Excavation season.
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, which is expressed between Israelis and Palestinians. 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 2016 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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