But recently, at the Jordan Valley site of Khirbet el-Mastarah, near the Jordan River, archaeologists found ruins from a “nomadic people believed to be Hebrews coming from Egypt.”
David Ben-Shlomo, one of the archaeologists who made the discovery, says it’s very possible that these camps are from the period of the early Israelites.
“If they are, this might fit the biblical story of the Israelites coming from east of the Jordan River, then crossing the Jordan and entering into the hill country of Israel later,” Ben-Shlomo shared.
Ben-Shlomo, alongside archaeologist Ralph K. Hawkins, had the findings published in the Biblical Archaeology Review, claiming the ruins appear to date back to the Iron Age, around the time of Exodus.
In the article, the archaeologists said, “By the end of our 2017 season, we were struck by the fascinating picture that had begun to emerge in the Jordan Valley, a region that up until recently had been virtually unknown archaeologically. Within a range of just a couple of miles, we may be able to see the evolution of early Israel from a domestic-scale culture to a political-scale culture.”
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