Wilbur Fields

Clay juglet dating to the Persian period (539–332 B.C.) indicates the presence of a settlement at Khirbet Nisya during the post-Exilic period. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah, dealing with events during the resettlement of Jews in Judah after the Babylonian captivity, both mention Ai; more evidence, say the authors, that Khirbet Nisya may be Biblical Ai. The site competing for identification as Ai, Khirbet et-Tell, was unoccupied during the Persian period.