Archaeologist Eilat Mazar announces latest discovery from Ophel excavations.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for 78$. Simply email the IES and ask for an order form to purchase the book.
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…)
Dr. Eilat Mazar unveils the earliest alphabetical inscription ever found in Jerusalem.
Brent Nagtegaal, Area B supervisor, takes you on a tour of the recent developments in the cave on the Ophel Excavation.
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.