OPHEL EXCAVATIONS

temple mount

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

Considering that then, she has performed a number of excavation seasons at the Ophel web site, revealing First Temple Time period monumental structures, including a town gate, towers, and a royal framework, advised by her to be element of the city wall of Jerusalem, created for the duration of the tenth century by King Solomon, as explained in one Kings 3:one. According to E. Mazar, "It implies that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime able of carrying out such construction."

Since 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Several pupils from Herbert W. Armstrong School in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Exceptional outcomes from the new Ophel excavations are presented at the web website recognized by Mazar and the School: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a shut relationship amongst the University and the Mazars, going again to the sixties, at that time in association with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar's Temple Mount Excavations.