OPHEL EXCAVATIONS

temple mount

In 1986-87 Eilat Mazar excavated along with her grandfather prof. Benjamin Mazar at the Ophel (the biblical acropolis of Initial Temple Period of time Jerusalem), on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew College of Jerusalem. The final results from their excavations are released in Qedem 29 (1989).

Given that then, she has performed several excavation seasons at the Ophel site, revealing Initial Temple Interval monumental structures, like a metropolis gate, towers, and a royal framework, recommended by her to be portion of the city wall of Jerusalem, created for the duration of the tenth century by King Solomon, as described in one Kings three:one. In accordance to E. Mazar, “It signifies that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a routine capable of carrying out such design.”

Since 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Many pupils from Herbert W. Armstrong University in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Exceptional benefits from the new Ophel excavations are offered at the net internet site proven by Mazar and the University: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a close relationship in between the College and the Mazars, going again to the sixties, at that time in affiliation with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar’s Temple Mount Excavations.