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Givati Parking Lot

Present Excavation
2007 - 2012

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. 

Archaeologists 

Doron Ben-Ami

Dr. Doron Ben-Ami of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem specialized in the Iron Age (Israelite period) and previously dug in Hazor in excavations...
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Excavations Location 

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Finds 

Buried Coin TreasureBack

Buried Coin Treasure - In December 2008, a cache of 264 gold coins was discovered inside a wall of a Byzantine building in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation.

Gold Earring

A gold earring, inlaid with pearls and precious stones, was discovered in 2008 in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation, inside the momentous Roman building that was uncovered there.
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