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Macalister & Duncan

1923 - 1925

Robert Alexander Stuart Macalister (1870-1950) and John Garrow Duncan (1872- date of death unknown), members of the PEF (Palestine Exploration Fund) excavated at the top of the City of David hill in the years 1923-1925, making them the first excavators during the British Mandate. They searched for a fortress that would have served as a defense on the city’s northern edge. They found residential buildings from various time periods, but nothing that points to a fortress. They later covered their excavation site. Adjacent, they excavated the top of a massive support wall but thought it to be a “defense glacis”.  This structure is still open to air and numerous other excavators continued their work.  They publicized their discoveries in the form of very detailed plans and diagrams of the structures and finds.  

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Excavations 

King David’s Palace?

In early 2005, an excavation led by Eilat Mazar was conducted in the area of the offices of the City of David site, at the top of the hill. The finds include massive foundations...
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