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Dr. Eilat Mazar from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem participated in archaeological digs from a young age, being the granddaughter of Benjamin Mazar who excavated the Land of Israel under the British Mandate. As a student, she participated in Yigal Shilo’s excavation in the City of David in the 1980’s. She wrote her master’s degree paper on the Ophel in Jerusalem from the Iron Age and expressed interest towards the end of the 1990’s to re-excavate the top of the City of David. Additional research she conducted deals with the Phoenician culture of the northern coastal plain. Mazar’s most recent excavation in Jerusalem (until 2011) is slightly south of the Temple Mount, in an area that she began excavating twenty years earlier. There she found a large public building, a gateway, and sections of a wall from the First Temple period, probably from the 10th century BCE.
Following is the location of Eilat Mazar's dig on the map