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KDC Awareness Spreads

On Dec. 31, 2012, the second phase of Dr. Eilat Mazar’s excavation on the Ophel officially concluded, but public awareness of the dig both in Jerusalem and within the online archaeological community continues to grow.

Our most recent feature video, “Conclusion of the Ophel Excavation 2012,” in which Dr. Mazar summarizes her thoughts on the excavation, has been publicized by several online archaeological and biblical sites this month.



Most recently, the Biblical Archaeology Society, producers of the monthly periodical Biblical Archaeology Review, posted an article about the video on their website at www.biblicalarchaeology.org.

“The Ophel in Jerusalem sits at the heart of Biblical archaeology,” the Biblical Archaology Society staff wrote January 15. “The site’s rich research history stretches back to Charles Warren in the 1860s, and the Ophel continues to yield incredible discoveries to this day. The most recent Ophel excavation season, directed by Dr. Eilat Mazar, wrapped up on December 31, 2012, and archaeologists with the Herbert W. Armstrong College produced the following video on their informative website, The Key to David’s City.”

The article goes on to link to our website and embeds our concluding feature video. It also links to Dr. Mazar’s published works and several of her articles that have appeared previously in Biblical Archaeology Review.

Exploring Bible Lands also
highlighted the video in their Exploring Bible Lands 2
2012 Archaeology News” post and Popular Archaeology published an article January 7 featuring the proto-aeolic capital, or royal Israelite capital fragment discovered in the course of Dr. Mazar’s excavation.

Several popular travel and personal blogs also picked us up earlier this month, including Ferrell’s Travel Blog (“Ophel Excavation 2012”), Luke Chandler’s Blog (“Short Video on the Ophel Excavations in Jerusalem”) and Fr. Stephen Smuts (“Ophel Excavation 2012”).


  1. Dan says:

    Absolutely GREAT news. It clarly demonstrates that other people greatly appreciate all the work that this team has accomplished and are eager to know about what is going on at this site as well. What is going on at this site is BIG NEWS, international news. News of interest to people in all nations. Our history teaches us so much about our future.

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