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The archaeological mysteries buried in the City of David have captivated researchers for the last 150 years. The map below will familiarize you with the extensive excavations that have taken place as well as those currently underway. Enter here to discover the archaeological finds that have been uncovered as we begin to unlock the mysteries of this ancient city.

Excavation Time Line
Below is a list of excavations in the City of David- Ancient Jerusalem. Details of the different excavations sites may be viewed when moving the mouse over a decade in the timeline.
  • 1
  • 1860-1870
    Warren’s Shaft
    1860-1870
  • 1
  • 1870-1880
    Warren’s Shaft
    1860-1870
  • 0
  • 1880-1890
  • 0
  • 1890-1900
  • 0
  • 1900-1910
  • 0
  • 1910-1920
  • 0
  • 1920-1930
  • 0
  • 1930-1940
  • 0
  • 1940-1950
  • 0
  • 1950-1960
  • 0
  • 1960-1970
  • 0
  • 1970-1980
  • 0
  • 1980-1990
  • 1
  • 1990-2000
    The Spring House
    1995-2012
  • 5
  • 2000-2010
    The Spring House
    1995-2012
    Givati Parking Lot
    2007-2017
    The Central Water Drainage Channel
    2007-2012
    The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road
    2004-2017
    King David’s Palace?
    2005-2005
  • 4
  • 2010-2020
    The Spring House
    1995-2012
    Givati Parking Lot
    2007-2017
    The Central Water Drainage Channel
    2007-2012
    The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road
    2004-2017
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Excavations From 2010-2020
Excavations Map
Excavations: Present Past
Discovery Time Line
Below is a list of finds discovered in the City of David/Ancient Jerusalem from 1860 till today. Move the mouse over each decade to learn about discoveries made during that time.
  • 0
  • 1860-1870
  • 0
  • 1870-1880
  • 1
  • 1880-1890
    Shiloah Inscription
    1880-1880
  • 1
  • 1890-1900
    The “Yahu which is on the house” Inscription
    1890-1900
  • 1
  • 1900-1910
    The “Yahu which is on the house” Inscription
    1890-1900
  • 1
  • 1910-1920
    Theodotus Inscription
    1913-1914
  • 1
  • 1920-1930
    The Execration Texts
    1926-1926
  • 0
  • 1930-1940
  • 0
  • 1940-1950
  • 1
  • 1950-1960
    The Execration Texts
    1957-1957
  • 2
  • 1960-1970
    Stone Weights
    1960-1969
    Proto-Ionic Capital
    1960-1969
  • 4
  • 1970-1980
    House of Ahiel
    1978-1982
    Pottery Shards from the Chalcolithic Period
    1978-1982
    House of Ahiel- Storage Jars and the Toilet
    1978-1982
    Arrowheads
    1978-1982
  • 6
  • 1980-1990
    House of Ahiel
    1978-1982
    Pottery Shards from the Chalcolithic Period
    1978-1982
    House of Ahiel- Storage Jars and the Toilet
    1978-1982
    Arrowheads
    1978-1982
    Bullae
    1980-1990
    Burnt Expensive Furniture
    1980-1990
  • 3
  • 1990-2000
    Bullae
    1980-1990
    Burnt Expensive Furniture
    1980-1990
    Metal Pails, Pickaxe & Pipe
    1990-1999
  • 4
  • 2000-2010
    Roman Boxer
    2008-2008
    Gold Earring
    2008-2008
    Buried Coin TreasureBack
    2008-2008
    Half Shekel Coin
    2009-2009
  • 4
  • 2010-2020
    The Golden Bell
    2010-2012
    2,000 Year Old Sword
    2011-2011
    Rare Menorah Etching
    2011-2011
    Bulla bearing the name Bethlehem
    2012-2012
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Discoveries From 2010-2020
Discoveries Map
Discoveries: Present Past
Archeologists Time Line
Below is a list of archaeologists who participated in excavations at the City of David - Ancient Jerusalem from 1860 till today. Move your mouse over each decade to learn about that time period's excavations and archeological finds.
  • 1
  • 1860-1870
    Charles Warren
    1860-1869
  • 0
  • 1870-1880
  • 2
  • 1880-1890
    Conrad Schick
    1880-1889
    Hermann Guthe
    1881-1881
  • 1
  • 1890-1900
    Bliss and Dickie
    1894-1897
  • 1
  • 1900-1910
    Parker and Vincent
    1909-1911
  • 2
  • 1910-1920
    Parker and Vincent
    1909-1911
    Raymond Weill
    1913-1914
  • 3
  • 1920-1930
    Raymond Weill
    1923-1924
    Macalister & Duncan
    1923-1925
    Crowfoot & Fitzgerald
    1927-1927
  • 0
  • 1930-1940
  • 0
  • 1940-1950
  • 0
  • 1950-1960
  • 2
  • 1960-1970
    Kathleen Kenyon
    1961-1967
    Ussishkin
    1968-1968
  • 1
  • 1970-1980
    Yigal Shilo
    1978-1985
  • 1
  • 1980-1990
    Yigal Shilo
    1978-1985
  • 2
  • 1990-2000
    Ronny Reich
    1995-2017
    Eli Shukron
    1997-2012
  • 4
  • 2000-2010
    Ronny Reich
    1995-2017
    Eli Shukron
    1997-2012
    Eilat Mazar
    2007-2017
    Doron Ben-Ami
    2007-2017
  • 4
  • 2010-2020
    Ronny Reich
    1995-2017
    Eli Shukron
    1997-2012
    Eilat Mazar
    2007-2017
    Doron Ben-Ami
    2007-2017
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Archaeologists From 2010-2020
Archaeologists Map
Archaeologists: Present Past
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