In 1986-87 Eilat Mazar excavated alongside 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 benefits from their excavations are released in Qedem 29 (1989).
Since then, she has conducted a number of excavation seasons at the Ophel internet site, revealing Very first Temple Period monumental structures, which includes a metropolis gate, towers, and a royal construction, recommended by her to be element of the town wall of Jerusalem, built during the 10th century by King Solomon, as described in 1 Kings 3:one. In accordance to E. Mazar, “It indicates that at that time, the tenth century, in Jerusalem there was a routine able of carrying out these kinds of design.”
Since 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Several college students from Herbert W. Armstrong School in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Outstanding results from the new Ophel excavations are presented at the internet internet site recognized by Mazar and the College: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a shut romantic relationship in between the College and the Mazars, likely back again to the 1960s, at that time in affiliation with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar’s Temple Mount Excavations.