Tall Jalul

Home 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. 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.

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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. This excavation season, volunteers will help dig directors Paul Gregor and Constance Gane continue to further expose of one of the biggest open-air reservoirs in Iron I Jordan.

Paul Gregor

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

Constance Gane

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

Dig Directors

Paul Gregor
Constance Gane

Geographic Location


Periods of Occupation

Iron Age

Dates of the Dig

June 25 – July 28, 2017

Minimum Stay

Two weeks

Application Due

February 1, 2017



Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

6 graduate-level credits; cost varies; awarded by Andrews University


Dig participants will live in shared rooms at a nearby hotel that is equipped free wi-fi, TVs, telephones, and a swimming pool.


Dr. Paul Gregor
9047 Old US 31
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0990
Phone: 269-471-3273

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