Tall Jalul


Home of the Ammonites and Moabites

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. 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 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.


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Geographic Location


Periods of Occupation

Iron Age


Paul Gregor

Paul Gregor is Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archeology and Associate Director of the Institute of Archeology at Andrews University.

Constance Gane

Constance Gane is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament and Curator at the Horn Archaeological Museum at Andrews University.