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Yigal Shilo

1978 - 1985

Professor Yigal Shilo (1937-1987) from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem conducted a lot of important research on the Iron Age (Israelite period). He was the first to conduct a comprehensive archaeological excavation in the City of David under the Israeli government.  Shilo’s research examined the architectural characteristics of the period and his research is still considered one of the foundations of research in this field. Additionally, his research at the end of the 1970’s on the Proto-Ionic Capital remains the most comprehensive of which we have today.  He died from an illness a short time after completing his excavation in the City of David, leaving his students to publicize his finds. 

Led by Yigal Shilo (1937-1987 from the Hebrew University, a lengthy and extensive excavation was conducted in the City of David from 1978 to 1985. This excavation reopened the underground water system that Warren discovered, and for the first time, tried to understand the system and date it. The fortress of the city was discovered on the eastern slope of the City of David. The most exciting find was close to the top of the hill, in the area named Area G (according to the numbering of Shilo’s excavation sites). There, he continued to expose the large support wall that started to be revealed in the 20’s. Adjacent to the wall, residential homes from the First Temple period were discovered. The homes were destroyed in an intense fire.  A toilet was found in one of them, testifying to the wealth of the homeowner. In another, tens of bullae, clay seal impressions, were found. They bore Hebrew names, one being “Gemaryahu Ben Shafan”, known as a King Yehoyakim’s scribe, from the time of Jeremiah the Prophet. 

Finds 

Arrowheads

Arrowheads found at an excavation site can teach us about army struggles in the area. A small number of Babylonian army arrowheads from the 6th century BCE...

Bullae

Bullae- A rich assortment of bullae (clay seal impressions) have been discovered in the City of David over the years.

Pottery Shards from the Chalcolithic Period

Pottery Shards that testify to the presence of man already from the Chalcolithic Period (4500-3500 BCE) were discovered in the City of David. Two rectangular residential buildings
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Arrowheads

Arrowheads

Bullae

Bullae

House of Ahiel

House of Ahiel

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