The collection is from the site of Tell el Hayyat, a small EBIV to MBII site located in the upper Jordan Valley. The site was excavated from 1982 to 1984 by a team from the University of Arizona led by Steven Falconer and Bonnie Magness-Gardiner. The collection has been donated by Dr. Magness-Gardiner in 2011. Current SWBTS professor of archaeology, Dr. Tom Davis and his wife Jenny, were part of the excavation team when they were graduate students.
The collection includes whole vessels, an extensive number of sherds, a metal collection, stone implements, and some of the documentation from the excavation.