The Museum of the Albemarle partners with Mid-Atlantic Christian University to bring “Judges, Joshua, and Jesus: An Archaeological Journey Through the Bible” to northeastern North Carolina. The traveling exhibit will highlight artifacts found during archaeological work at the site of Khirbet el-Maqatir, the Biblical city of ‘Ai of Joshua 7–8. The exhibit, which opens March 19, displays over 50 artifacts dating from the Middle Bronze Age (2200-1500 BC) to the Byzantine Period (AD 324-638) that help illuminate Biblical history. Objects such as tesserae from a mosaic floor, amphorae, Egyptian scarabs, alabaster and ivory pendants, lamps, weaponry, coins, stone bowls and cups, and gate socket stones are a part of the exhibition.

Excavations at the Israeli city occurred from 1995-2017 and were sponsored by the Associates for Biblical Research under the auspices of the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria. The archaeological site is located nine miles north of Jerusalem.


Due to State of North Carolina Executive Orders, the exhibit is offering time entries for thirty-minute intervals beginning at 10 am. Last timed entry is at 3:30. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 10 am until 4 pm and every third Saturday of the month beginning Saturday, March 20, 2021. Please visit our website for information on registering.  Do not miss your chance to see the exhibit before it leaves in mid-November.



About the Museum of the Albemarle

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the third Saturday of every month beginning March 20, 2021. Closed Sundays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at   



About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary D. Reid Wilson, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.


NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit