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Since 2007, Doron Ben-Ami of Hebrew University and Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority have been conducting a comprehensive excavation in the Givati Parking Lot, located in the Tyropoeon Valley, west of the entrance to the City of David. Excavation in the area had begun years earlier by Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron but was subsequently stopped. The Givati Parking Lot marks the largest archaeological excavation being conducted in Jerusalem today and is continuously uncovering different layers of the city's life from the Middle Ages and tracing all the way back to ancient times. The main finds include the basement floor of a large residential building from the end of the Second Temple period that may have been part of the royal property of Queen Helene, a queen that converted to Judaism and lived in the city during that time period. Additionally, a massive residential building (measuring about 2 dunams or half an acre) from the Roman period was discovered and inside, a gold earring inlaid with pearls and precious stones and a Roman boxer figurine, used as a weight, were found. In a nearby building which dates from the Byzantine period, 264 gold coins were discovered. The coins have been dated to 613 CE, the eve of the destruction of the city at the hands of the Persians. Above these layers, a number of layers of settlement from the Muslim period were found.
Following is the location of the dig on the map