The Pikeville City Commission felt that rehabilitating the house would be an excellent opportunity to preserve a piece of history which would become a place to promote and enhance our heritage. The Dils/York House will be a center for cultural learning experiences through historical displays, heritage education and interactive arts. It will be open to the community and will offer visitors unique historical and educational exhibits. In January 2017, the City of Pikeville and Pikeville City Commission in partnership with the University of Pikeville will open the doors of the Dils/York Cultural & Heritage Center to an exhibit of biblical artifacts from Israel which will remain on display thru June 2017. The exhibit is named Khirbet el-Maqatir & a Journey through Biblical History and is a walk through exhibition of approximately 200 artifacts from ancient Israel & Jordan. Visitors will discover artifacts dating from as far back as 3,000 BC throughout history down to the time of Christ. Within the wider scope of Biblical history visitors will also learn in detail about the archaeology excavations at the site of Khirbet el-Maqatir. The evidence from the site indicates that Khirbet el-Maqatir is the Biblical fortress of Ai - famous from the story of the Israelite conquest recorded in the book of Joshua. Artifacts from this site are on loan from the government of Israel and are unlikely to ever be exhibited again in the United States once they return to Israel. The Pikeville City Commission is eagerly looking forward to seeing the exhibit and greatly appreciates the University of Pikeville’s collaboration and coordinating the display at the Dils/York Heritage and Cultural Center. An exhibit of such immense importance brings a once in a life time viewing experience to the community, visitors and schools in and around Pikeville which meets the mission of the center.
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