What is the exhibit?

Khirbet el-Maqatir & A Walk through Biblical History is a temporary exhibit of 250 authentic artifacts from ancient Israel and Jordan. These artifacts help illuminate the world of the Bible and bring the scriptural accounts to life a millennia after it was written. 
The exhibit tells the story of Khirbet el-Maqatir – a site in Israel about nine miles north of Jerusalem. Excavations at the site have led the archaeologist to conclude this is the location of the city of Ai mentioned in the book of Joshua that was destroyed by the invading children of Israel. It appears likely the site is also Ephraim as mentioned in the gospel of John (John 11:54). On display will be 50 artifacts from the Khirbet el-Maqatir, from the Late Bronze age (time of Joshua), the Second Temple Period (time of Jesus) and the Byzantine period.
Another 200 artifacts will be on loan from the Horn Archaeological Museum and Dorsey Museum of biblical archaeology. These artifacts will educate the visitor to the various archaeological periods relative to the biblical account. These artifacts will introduce various aspects of the biblical and ancient world. 
In total, the exhibit will feature approximately 250 artifacts, including ancient pottery, weapons, coins, figurine idols, Babylonian cuneiform tablets and others. It is likely the first time a collection of this nature has been exhibited in Eastern Kentucky.  

Where will is the exhibit be hosted?
The exhibit will be on display in the newly renovated York House on Main Street in Pikeville, Ky. The York House is a historic building in downtown Pikeville and an appropriate location to host a historic collection. A Victorian mansion built around the 1880s, local legend ties the York House to the infamous Hatfield/McCoy feud.

When will exhibit be in Pikeville?
The exhibit will debut in January 2017 and be on display through the end of summer, open to the public weekends and by appointment during the week for groups and individuals.
Parts of the exhibit will be available to churches and community groups immediately. To schedule an event showcaseing a small collection of ancient artifacts from the time of the Bible, email exhibit@upike.edu.


I am excited to announce a partnership with the University of Pikeville for 2017!

Posted by Scott Stripling on Friday, January 8, 2016

Who is bringing this exhibit to Eastern Kentucky? 
In collaboration with archaeology partners, the University of Pikeville Alumni Association worked to bring this exhibit to the community. This arrangement was also made possible through a partnership with the City of Pikeville and Community Trust Bank.
How is this exhibit possible in our community? 
Archaeology partners have made it possible for the people of Eastern Kentucky to see artifacts from the world of the Bible in their home community for the first time. The UPIKE Alumni Association would like to thank the Associates for Biblical Research, the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation, the Civil Administration for Samaria and Judea, and the Horn Archaeological Museum and the Dorsey Museum of biblical archaeology for their contributions to this project. 

Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) 
The Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) sponsors the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation in Israel. With the permission of the Civil Administration of Samaria and Judea, the ABR is providing approximately 50 artifacts from the time of Joshua, the New Testament/Second Temple period and Byzantine era. These artifacts are the property of the Israeli government. Once returned to Israel the artifacts may never return to the United States. The University of Pikeville would like to recognize the contributions of Dr. Scott Stripling and Henry Smith of ABR in working with alumni president and exhibit director to create a professional exhibition of biblical artifacts in the mountains of Appalachia. 

Horn Archaeology Museum 
The Horn Archaeological Museum joined the University of Pikeville and ABR to expand this project to a larger collection of artifacts that would often only be available in a larger metro area. The Horn is providing approximately 150 artifacts that will illuminate life in the various biblical periods. The University of Pikeville would like to recognize Mr. Jacob Moody, the Horn Assistant Curator, in helping prepare a collection of artifacts from the Horn to be on exhibit in Pikeville.  

David A. Dorsey Museum of Biblical Archaeolgy
The Dorsey Museum became the third archaeology partner to the project by agreeing to send approximately 50 artifacts to compliment the other artifacts on exhibit. We wish to acknowledge the curators of the Dorsey Museum, Sarah and Phillip Bollinger, for their partnership for this project. Also, we recognize that Mr. David Dorsey was born and raised in Appalachia and we are proud to see artifacts from the museum named in his honor visiting the region.

Scott Stripling, director of excavations of the Associates of Biblical Research and Tommy Chamberlin, University of Pikeville alumni president, discuss the artifact exhibit coming to Pikeville.

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