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King David’s Palace?

Past Excavation
2005

In early 2005, Eilat Mazar from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University began to dig in an area that was previously excavated by Macalister and Duncan in the 1920’s, on the ground where the City of David Visitor’s Center stood.  She supposed that the remnants that were discovered were the foundations of a large palace from the 10th century BCE, the period of King David. A great debate broke out between researchers about these remnants and we still do not know for certainty the date of the structure and what it is. During the excavation, a number of bullae (clay seal impressions) were found, bearing Hebrew names. As work continued at the site, she excavated a tower which was part of the city walls from the days of Nehemiah, during the Second Temple period.

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Eilat Mazar

Dr. Eilat Mazar from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, whose specialization is in the Iron Age (Israelite period), has researched Jerusalem...

Macalister & Duncan

Macalister and Duncan were the first excavators during the British Mandate, in the 1920’s. They excavated at the top of the hill and discovered residential buildings from various..
King David’s Palace
Excavations Location 

 Following is the location of the dig on the map

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Eilat Mazar

Eilat Mazar

King David’s Palace

King David’s Palace

King David’s Palace

King David’s Palace

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