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The archeological mysteries buried in the City of David have captivated researchers for the last 150 years. The map below will familiarize you with the extensive excavations that have taken place as well as those currently underway. Enter here to discover the archeological finds that have been uncovered as we begin to unlock the mysteries of this ancient city.

Excavation Time Line
Below is a list of excavations in the City of David- Ancient Jerusalem. Details of the different excavations sites may be viewed when moving the mouse over a decade in the timeline.
  • 1
  • 1860-1870
    Warren’s Shaft
    1860-1870
  • 1
  • 1870-1880
    Warren’s Shaft
    1860-1870
  • 0
  • 1880-1890
  • 0
  • 1890-1900
  • 0
  • 1900-1910
  • 0
  • 1910-1920
  • 0
  • 1920-1930
  • 0
  • 1930-1940
  • 0
  • 1940-1950
  • 0
  • 1950-1960
  • 0
  • 1960-1970
  • 0
  • 1970-1980
  • 0
  • 1980-1990
  • 1
  • 1990-2000
    The Spring House
    1995-2012
  • 5
  • 2000-2010
    The Spring House
    1995-2012
    The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road
    2004-2012
    King David’s Palace?
    2005-2005
    Givati Parking Lot
    2007-2012
    The Central Water Drainage Channel
    2007-2012
  • 4
  • 2010-2020
    The Spring House
    1995-2012
    The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road
    2004-2012
    Givati Parking Lot
    2007-2012
    The Central Water Drainage Channel
    2007-2012
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Excavations From 2010-2020
1
The Spring House | 1995 - 2012 | Eli Shukron
In 1995, Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron began to excavate near the Gihon Spring and forever changed our understanding of Ancient Jerusalem.
2
The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road | 2004 - 2012
In 2004, Reich and Shukron began an excavation in the southern part of the City of David, at the site of the Second Temple period Shiloah Pool.
3
Givati Parking Lot | 2007 - 2012 | Doron Ben-Ami
In 2007, Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets began a comprehensive excavation in the Givati Parking Lot, located west of the entrance to the City of David.
4
The Central Water Drainage Channel | 2007 - 2012 | Eli Shukron
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.
Excavations Map
Excavations: Present Past
1
The Spring House
In 1995, Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron began to excavate near the Gihon Spring...
2
The Shiloah Pool and the Second Temple Road
In 2004, Reich and Shukron began an excavation in the southern part of the City...
3
Givati Parking Lot
In 2007, Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets began a comprehensive excavation...
4
The Central Water Drainage Channel
Since 2007, Reich and Shukron have been excavating the main water drainage...
Discovery Time Line
Below is a list of finds discovered in the City of David/Ancient Jerusalem from 1860 till today. Move the mouse over each decade to learn about discoveries made during that time.
  • 0
  • 1860-1870
  • 0
  • 1870-1880
  • 1
  • 1880-1890
    Shiloah Inscription
    1880-1880
  • 1
  • 1890-1900
    The “Yahu which is on the house” Inscription
    1890-1900
  • 1
  • 1900-1910
    The “Yahu which is on the house” Inscription
    1890-1900
  • 1
  • 1910-1920
    Theodotus Inscription
    1913-1914
  • 1
  • 1920-1930
    The Execration Texts
    1926-1926
  • 0
  • 1930-1940
  • 0
  • 1940-1950
  • 1
  • 1950-1960
    The Execration Texts
    1957-1957
  • 2
  • 1960-1970
    Proto-Ionic Capital
    1960-1969
    Stone Weights
    1960-1969
  • 4
  • 1970-1980
    Pottery Shards from the Chalcolithic Period
    1978-1982
    House of Ahiel- Storage Jars and the Toilet
    1978-1982
    Arrowheads
    1978-1982
    House of Ahiel
    1978-1982
  • 6
  • 1980-1990
    Pottery Shards from the Chalcolithic Period
    1978-1982
    House of Ahiel- Storage Jars and the Toilet
    1978-1982
    Arrowheads
    1978-1982
    House of Ahiel
    1978-1982
    Bullae
    1980-1990
    Burnt Expensive Furniture
    1980-1990
  • 3
  • 1990-2000
    Bullae
    1980-1990
    Burnt Expensive Furniture
    1980-1990
    Metal Pails, Pickaxe & Pipe
    1990-1999
  • 4
  • 2000-2010
    Gold Earring
    2008-2008
    Buried Coin TreasureBack
    2008-2008
    Half Shekel Coin
    2009-2009
    Roman Boxer
    2008-2008
  • 4
  • 2010-2020
    The Golden Bell
    2010-2012
    2,000 Year Old Sword
    2011-2011
    Rare Menorah Etching
    2011-2011
    Bulla bearing the name Bethlehem
    2012-2012
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Discoveries From 2010-2020
1
The Golden Bell | 2010 - 2012 The Central Water Drainage Channel
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.
2
2,000 Year Old Sword | 2011 The Central Water Drainage Channel
In work carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the water channel, a 2,000 year old iron sword was found, with its leather sheath partially intact.
3
Rare Menorah Etching | 2011 The Central Water Drainage Channel
A stone object with a rare etching of a (Jewish) menorah (candelabrum) was found in the earth beneath the Herodian Road, adjacent to the water channel.
4
Bulla bearing the name Bethlehem | 2012 The Spring House
The First Archaeological Evidence of the Existence of the City of Bethlehem already in the First Temple Period.
Discoveries Map
Discoveries: Present Past
1
The Golden Bell
A rare golden bell with a loop attached was found in an archaeological...
2
2,000 Year Old Sword
In work carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the water channel, a...
3
Rare Menorah Etching
A stone object with a rare etching of a (Jewish) menorah (candelabrum) was...
4
Bulla bearing the name Bethlehem
The First Archaeological Evidence of the Existence of the City of Bethlehem...
Archeologists Time Line
Below is a list of archaeologists who participated in excavations at the City of David - Ancient Jerusalem from 1860 till today. Move your mouse over each decade to learn about that time period's excavations and archeological finds.
  • 1
  • 1860-1870
    Charles Warren
    1860-1869
  • 0
  • 1870-1880
  • 2
  • 1880-1890
    Hermann Guthe
    1881-1881
    Conrad Schick
    1880-1889
  • 1
  • 1890-1900
    Bliss and Dickie
    1894-1897
  • 1
  • 1900-1910
    Parker and Vincent
    1909-1911
  • 2
  • 1910-1920
    Parker and Vincent
    1909-1911
    Raymond Weill
    1913-1914
  • 3
  • 1920-1930
    Raymond Weill
    1923-1924
    Macalister & Duncan
    1923-1925
    Crowfoot & Fitzgerald
    1927-1927
  • 0
  • 1930-1940
  • 0
  • 1940-1950
  • 0
  • 1950-1960
  • 2
  • 1960-1970
    Kathleen Kenyon
    1961-1967
    Ussishkin
    1968-1968
  • 1
  • 1970-1980
    Yigal Shilo
    1978-1985
  • 1
  • 1980-1990
    Yigal Shilo
    1978-1985
  • 2
  • 1990-2000
    Ronny Reich
    1995-2012
    Eli Shukron
    1997-2012
  • 4
  • 2000-2010
    Ronny Reich
    1995-2012
    Eli Shukron
    1997-2012
    Eilat Mazar
    2007-2011
    Doron Ben-Ami
    2007-2012
  • 4
  • 2010-2020
    Ronny Reich
    1995-2012
    Eli Shukron
    1997-2012
    Eilat Mazar
    2007-2011
    Doron Ben-Ami
    2007-2012
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Archaeologists From 2010-2020
1
Ronny Reich | 1995 - 2012 The Central Water Drainage Channel
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...
2
Eli Shukron | 1997 - 2012 The Central Water Drainage Channel
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
3
Doron Ben-Ami | 2007 - 2012 Givati Parking Lot
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...
4
Eilat Mazar | 2007 - 2011 King David’s Palace?
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...
Archaeologists Map
Archaeologists: Present Past
1
Ronny Reich
Professor Ronny Reich from Haifa University has excavated in Jerusalem for many...
1
Ronny Reich
Professor Ronny Reich from Haifa University has excavated in Jerusalem for many...
1
Ronny Reich
Professor Ronny Reich from Haifa University has excavated in Jerusalem for many...
2
Eli Shukron
Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority has excavated in the City of...
2
Eli Shukron
Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority has excavated in the City of...
2
Eli Shukron
Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority has excavated in the City of...
3
Doron Ben-Ami
Dr. Doron Ben-Ami of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in...
4
Eilat Mazar
Dr. Eilat Mazar from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in...
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