uncovering ancient Jerusalem
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13.5 Dig Site View Northeast
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Rich History Unearthed in Jerusalem: Gold Treasure With Jewish Menorah Found Near Temple Mount

Copyright: Eilat Mazar.
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Rich History Unearthed in Jerusalem

Archaeological digs on the Ophel have occurred on and off since the middle of the 19th century. But only in recent years have royal structures been uncovered in Jerusalem that closely correlate to the biblical descriptions of King Solomon’s massive building projects in the books of Kings and Chronicles.

In the most recent phase of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ophel excavations, this past summer, Eilat Mazar and her team set out to uncover more remains from the Solomonic period–and they did. But no one expected the most stunning discovery of all to come in the first week of the dig, after excavators had barely broken through the surface of a new area. (more…)

Welcome Back!

Dr. Eilat Mazar, director of the Ophel excavation, welcomes you back for Phase 2B and reveals a fascinating find from the very first day of activity in Area B.

Excavation Begins

Excavation Begins

Here are a few pictures of the first month of excavation out on the site:
May 2013: Excavation Begins

In the picture above (from left to right) are Area B Assistant Area Supervisor Chris Eames, Area B Area Supervisor Brent Nagtegaal, Herbert W. Armstrong College Dean of Students Stephen Flurry, lead archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar and student volunteers Matt Friesen, Reese Zoellner and Tabitha Burks.

Phase 2 of the Ophel Excavation Reopens

Phase 2 of the Ophel Excavation Reopens

Four months after phase 2A of the Ophel Excavation concluded Dr. Eilat Mazar and her staff went back to the field on April 22 for Phase 2B. In this continuation of the second phase, Dr. Mazar will continue to reveal more of the massive First Temple period structures along the eastern part of the Ophel area.

The workers on the dig are comprised of Israeli students and workers along with 14 students or alumni of Herbert W. Armstrong College sent to Jerusalem from Edmond, Oklahoma to participate in the excavation.

To follow the events on the ground in Jerusalem and watch as Dr. Mazar uncovers the fascinating history of Jerusalem, check back at KeytoDavidsCity.com for regular updates, pictures and videos as the excavation progresses.

December Photo Galleries Added

December Photo Galleries Added

We’ve added our latest batch of photos to the website, including the pictures from the last days on the excavation before it concluded Dec. 31, 2012. In her concluding remarks to KDC viewers, Dr. Mazar said:

We are ending now the excavations of 2012, but this is not a goodbye–because we are going to continue revealing more of ancient Jerusalem and continuing our excavation during 2013. We surely hope you enjoyed what we tried to share with you and show you in real time: our excavations, findings and atmosphere, everything related. And we’re going to continue doing so. So, see you soon, and hope you enjoyed!

December 2012: Digging

December 2012: Farewell … For Now

A small part of our crew remains in Jerusalem to help Dr. Mazar process the finds of the 2012 excavation. Stay tuned for future updates and pictures as we continue working with Dr. Mazar to catalogue the finds of the dig.