Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site

Open March 19 through December 26, 2015

This royal seal, carved in the shape of a scarab beetle, was found at Khirbet el-Maqatir in 2013. It was fashioned around 1500 BC. 

Over time, the human footprint leaves many layers on the earth; archaeology fascinatingly uncovers these layers, bringing to the surface artifacts long since buried and forgotten. Each artifact is a piece of the story of an earlier time and civilization. The Museum’s exhibit, Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site will connect us with people across two millennia, who lived between 3500 and 1500 years ago and will reveal humankind through the ages. 

In partnership with the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria and the Associates of Biblical Research, the Museum Center at 5ive Points is honored to host a nine-month exhibition of artifacts from excavations in Israel at Khirbet el-Maqatir, thought to be the site of the ancient city of Ai as described in the Bible in the Book of Joshua Chapters 7-8. 

Over 40 objects will be on display telling the story of this city. The exhibition is organized around four periods represented by the excavation at the site: Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age, Early Roman Age and Byzantine Age. Pottery, jewelry and coins help uncover the identity of this ancient city. 

The exhibition will also engage students from Lee University, a member of the Khirbet el-Maqatir consortium. Local students participated in site digs and learned the process of uncovering antiquities. With a display of archaeological tools and research materials, they will share their experiences from being a part of this project.

Khirbet el-Maqatir opens on March 19 in a newly designed exhibition space in the Museum lobby and will be on view through December 26, 2015. The Museum will host events throughout the year to celebrate the themes related to the exhibit. These and other upcoming events can be found on