Amorites first settled Shiloh in the Middle Bronze (MB) II period, around 1750 B.C. The construction of a massive perimeter wall followed in MB III, around 1650 B.C. It remained occupied until the middle of Iron Age I (around 1070 B.C.) when it was possibly destroyed by the Philistines (see I Samuel 4). Iron II (980–587 B.C.) inhabitants rebuilt Shiloh, and it remained occupied through Islamic times. Most importantly, Shiloh served as the center of Israelite worship. The original tabernacle rested at Shiloh for over three centuries. At some point a permanent building likely replaced the tent structure.
A Danish team excavated Shiloh between 1926 and 1932 and again in 1963. Israel Finkelstein worked the site from 1981–1984. A large deposit of burned cultic bones emerged in Area D, possibly confirming a sacrificial system. The Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria renewed sporadic excavations in 1988. To date, the location of the Bronze Age gate remains a mystery, but the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) exposed a section of the glacis and the perimeter wall in its first two seasons of excavation. ABR’s focus remains on the northwestern sector of the site (Field H1).
Volunteers may join the excavation for one to five weeks. The fifth week consists of post-dig touring options, artifact analysis and wall restoration. A pre-dig tour is also offered. ABR trains volunteers, and offers dynamic evening lectures during the week. Weekend tours are also available for modest additional cost.
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Khirbet Seilun: 20 miles north of Jerusalem
Middle Bronze II through Iron II, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic
May 19 – June 15, 2019
March 1, 2019
Ritz Hotel, East Jerusalem. Double/triple Occupancy. Full amenities. Two meals a day on weekends. Contact Henry Smith with questions or for a price quote.
Yes — by appointment
Dr. Scott Stripling was the director of the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavations from 2014 to 2016 and is now the director of the Shiloh Excavations. He serves as the Provost of The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. Stripling has earned two Master’s degrees as well as a D.Min., and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Trinity Southwest Seminary. Previously, he worked as a field supervisor at the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan and for two seasons as a supervisor at the Temple Mount Salvage Operation in Jerusalem.