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The Golden Bell

2010 - 2012

A rare golden bell with a loop attached was found in an archaeological excavation taking place in the City of David, part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park.

The bell it seems was sewn onto the garment worn by an individual of high stature in Jerusalem towards the end of the Second Temple. According to a statement made by the heads of the excavation being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority, archaeologists Eli Shukron and Professor Ronny Reich from the University of Haifa, “It seems the bell was sewn on the garment worn by a high official in Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period (first century CE). The bell was exposed inside Jerusalem’s main water channel at that time, among the layers of earth that had accumulated along the bottom of it. This channel was built and hewn west of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, on the bottom of the slope that descends into the Tyropoeon Valley. This channel gathered the rain water from different parts of the city, through the City of David and the Shiloah Pool to the Kidron Valley.”

Location 

 Following is the estimated location of the find on the map 

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Archaeologists 

Eli Shukron

Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority has excavated in the City of David for over fifteen years and is considered one of the leading experts on archaeology in Jerusalem

Ronny Reich

Professor Ronny Reich from Haifa University has excavated in Jerusalem for many years, beginning as an archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority and since 2005...
Excavations 

The Central Water Drainage Channel

Since 2007, Reich and Shukron have been excavating the main water drainage tunnel of the city of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period, inside the Tyropoeon Valley.
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Reich & Shukron

Reich & Shukron

The Herodian Water Channel

The Herodian Water Channel

The Herodian Water Channel leading from the City of David to the Western Wall

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