uncovering ancient Jerusalem
13.6 Reese goes down a shaft
13.6 Bucket line
13.6 Diggers smile
13.6 Brent and Omrit
13.6 Amir and Kyle
13.6 Dry sifting
13.6 Dig workers
13.5 Inside a cave
13.5 Morning on the dig site
13.5 Dig Site View North
13.5 Dig Site View Northeast
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New Release: Excavations at the Summit of the City of David (2005-2008) Final Report Volume 1

New Release: Excavations at the Summit of the City of David (2005-2008) Final Report Volume 1

From 2005 to 2008 archaeological excavations were carried out at the summit of the City of David under the directorship of Dr. Eilat Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This volume presents the impressive remains of the Stepped Stone Structure of the palace of King David; the collapse of a structure destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and a section of Nehemiah’s city wall erected in the 5th century BCE.

These findings have dramatically altered previously held conceptions of the development of ancient Jerusalem and provide striking tangible evidence for its Biblical narratives.

Volume 1 of the final report is 560 color pages and can be purchased through the Israel Exploration Society (ies@vms.huji.ac.il) for 78$. Simply email the IES and ask for an order form to purchase the book.

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.