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Khirbat al-Mukhayyat
Debra Foran

The Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Archaeological Project (KMAP) is a multidisciplinary research project investigating trade, religion, and landscape in central Jordan. Wilfrid Laurier University began excavations at the site in 2014 and, to date, excavation seasons have exposed remains from the Iron Age and Hellenistic periods. Previous work at the site, conducted by the Franciscan Archaeological Mission, exposed substantial remains from the Byzantine period.

  • Iron Age (8th-6th centuries BC): extensive fortifications encircling the entire site, evidence for domestic occupation outside the city walls.
  • Hellenistic Period (3rd-1st centuries BC): bedrock-cut features including a storage area, a circular reservoir, and a ritual bath, a large two-chamber cistern on the acropolis, evidence of re-use and reconstruction of the Iron Age fortifications, and a huge collection of complete cooking pots.
  • Byzantine Period (5th-7th centuries AD): three churches paved with mosaic pavements: the Church of St. George on the summit of the acropolis, the Church of Lot and Procopius at the northern end of the tell, and the Church of Amos and Kassiseus, with the annexed Chapel of the Priest John, on the eastern slope of the tell.