Khirbet Safra

May 8 - June 10, 2022

Iron Age Crossroads

Located 17 km southwest of Madaba, Jordan, Khirbet Safra is a 2.6-acre hilltop site offering spectacular views of the Dead Sea and the Wilderness of Judea to the west, as well as the Wadi Zarqa Ma’in and the Jordanian highlands to the east. The site also dominates the road to Ma’in Hot Springs, which passes by at the base of the hill.

While Safra’s ancient name remains unknown, early Iron Age settlers established a walled settlement at the site sometime during the 13th century B.C.E. Iron Age Safra boasts a casemate fortification system, a large, central structure that possibly served as an administrative building, and a well-preserved gate complex. Destroyed by fire during the 11th century B.C.., Safra was quickly reoccupied and rebuilt. Settlement at the site continued until the mid-ninth century B.C.E., when Safra was destroyed a second time, either by seismic activity or by a human agent, possibly at the hands of the Moabite king Mesha, mentioned in 2 Kings 3. Aside from some activity of unknown duration at the site during the Byzantine period, Safra was not resettled.


Geographic Location

Northwestern Jordan

Dates of the Dig

May 8 - June 10, 2022

Minimum Stay

1 Week

Application Due

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Up to 6 credits are offered by Andrews University. Credit cost varies.



$700 weekly. An optional one week tour of Israel is offered at the close of the dig at additional cost.


Paul Gregor: Andrews University


Dr.Jeffrey Hudon
Phone: +1 (269)-471-3273

[email protected]

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