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Eli Shukron

1997 - 2012

Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority received his master’s degree from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He began his work in the City of David over fifteen years ago and since has become one of the leading experts on the archaeology of Jerusalem with vast experience yielded from numerous excavations in the city.  On Shukron’s first visit to the City of David, he examined the area on which there were plans to build a visitor’s center. The site was in the vicinity of the Gihon Spring, on the eastern slope of the hill towards to the Kidron Valley. Since that visit he began excavating that vicinity along with digging in the Tyropoeon Valley, in the Shiloah Pool and in the water drainage tunnel of the city. He worked together with Professor Ronny Reich for many years and today is sole head of the excavations.

Location 

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Excavations 

The Central Water Drainage Channel

Since 2007, Reich and Shukron have been excavating the main water drainage tunnel of the city of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period, inside the Tyropoeon Valley.

The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road

In 2004, Reich and Shukron began an excavation in the southern part of the City of David, at the site of the Second Temple period Shiloah Pool.

The Spring House

In 1995, Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron began to excavate near the Gihon Spring and forever changed our understanding of Ancient Jerusalem.
Finds 

2,000 Year Old Sword

In work carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the water channel, a 2,000 year old iron sword was found, with its leather sheath partially intact.

Bulla bearing the name Bethlehem

The First Archaeological Evidence of the Existence of the City of Bethlehem already in the First Temple Period.

Rare Menorah Etching

A stone object with a rare etching of a (Jewish) menorah (candelabrum) was found in the earth beneath the Herodian Road, adjacent to the water channel.

The Golden Bell

A rare golden bell with a loop attached was found in an archaeological excavation taking place in the City of David, part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park.
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Eli Shukron

Eli Shukron

Reich & Shukron

Reich & Shukron

The Central Water Drainage Channel

The Central Water Drainage Channel

We visited City of David and it felt like we were taken 3000 years back
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