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Jordan • May 20 - June 8, 2012
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A Biblical City of the Ammonites and Moabites
This summer, join the excavation of Tall Jalul on “the other side of the Jordan” and help unearth dramatic new evidence of ancient Israel’s neighbors to the east.
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.
As one of the largest tells in central Jordan, Tall Jalul witnessed nearly continuous occupation from the Bronze Age to the Islamic period. During the Iron Age, however, the site became an important settlement of the Ammonites and Moabites, two of ancient Israel’s closest neighbors and fiercest rivals. As recent excavations have revealed, the site grew dramatically during this period, becoming a major walled town, possibly Biblical Heshbon or Besor. Several structures, including domestic residences and an enigmatic tri-partite building have been uncovered, as well as a stone-paved approach ramp that gave direct access to the city’s main gate.
This excavation season, volunteers will help dig director Randall Younker continue to uncover more of the Iron Age II city and penetrate even deeper into its Iron Age levels as well as into the lower chambers of an Islamic Khan. Dig participants will live in shared rooms at a nearby hotel that is equipped free wi-fi, TVs, telephones and a swimming pool.
Randall Younker is Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology at Andrews University. He is a veteran of the Madaba Plains Project and has directed or co-directed the excavations at Tall Jalul since 1992.
3 miles east of Madaba
Periods of Occupation
Iron Age and Islamic
Dates of the Dig
May 20 - June 8, 2012
Februray 1, 2012
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Yes - $891.00 per credit (graduate level)
Mariam Hotel, Madaba
Open for tours
Yes, by appointment
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