many decades biblical archaeologists tried to prove
the story of the conquest as told in the book of Joshua.
They located the defeated cities mentioned in the
Bible and tried to find "destruction layers"
from the period when the conquest would have occurred,
now generally believed to be the late thirteenth century
While more than twenty sites mentioned in the Bible
have been excavated, to date only two Hazor
and Bethel revealed evidence of destruction.
However, the ethnic origins of their conquerors cannot
be determined. Findings at the other sites contradict
the account of Joshua. Notably, excavations at the
site of Jericho revealed that it had been destroyed
Based on this evidence, archaeologists have generally
concluded that the Israelites did not take Canaan