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Ancient Clay Seals shed light on the Government

A collection of seals, some of which bear ancient Hebrew inscriptions, will be displayed to the public along with additional new findings at the City of David’s Megalim Institute Annual Archaeological Conference taking place this week.

New! Old City Train to the City of David

The Old City Train takes guests on a fascinating and fun tour, from the Mamilla Parking Lot, through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters, to the City of David. Along the way, learn about heritage sites and the history of the general area.

Evidence of the Last Battle of Jerusalem

On the Occasion of Jerusalem Day, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority Reveal in the City of David:
Evidence of the Last Battle of Jerusalem from 2,000 Years Ago 
Nahshon Szanton, director of the excavation on the street that led to the Temple,
“Two thousand years after the destruction of Jerusalem and fifty years since its liberation we are returning

Chad Gadya in Jerusalem

By Tamar Hayardeni
Of all the places in the world, ancient Jerusalem is the place where one can almost tangibly feel the Jew’s historical “Chad Gadya”. It all begins with the Canaanites, from whom David conquered Jerusalem, except the Babylonians came and destroyed the First Temple.

African Diplomats Visit City of David

Ambassadors of Ethiopia and Zambia and diplomats from Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all members of the Christian faith, came to visit the City of David as part of a tour of Jewish archaeological sites in the Old City, sponsored by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce in a bid to foster Israeli-African business ties.

A Stone Bowl Engraved with a Rare Hebrew Inscription – “Hyrcanus” – Discovered

“Hyrcanus” was a common name at that time, as well as the name of two of the leaders of the Hasmonean dynasty. According to researchers, "This is one of the earliest examples of the appearance of chalk vessels in Jerusalem. In the past, these vessels were widely used mainly by Jews because they ensured ritual purity”.

Rare First Temple Period Document Mentioning the Name of Jerusalem Exposed

In a complex enforcement operation, inspectors of the Israel Antiquities Authority seized a papyrus that includes the earliest reference to Jerusalem in an extra-biblical document, which is written in ancient Hebrew script and dates to the time of the Kingdom of Judah.
A rare and important find was exposed in an enforcement operation initiated by the IAA’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery: a document written on papyrus and dating to the time of the First Temple (seventh century BCE) in which the name of the city of Jerusalem is clearly indicated.

The Sound of the Golden Bell on the High Priest's Garment

Rain drainage pipes tend to gobble up things, especially in the rainy season. If it was a mere coin, or a MacDonald's toy it didn't really matter. But when the drainage pipe gets greedy and swallows your keys, or a ring or a precious piece of jewelry it's a different story all together. Like the time when it gobbled up a small little ball, 2,000 years ago...


The best of Israel archaeology in 5776

Finds include lost cities rediscovered, fabulous jewels and ancient technologies that were a lot more advanced than expected.
Cheshvan: Greek fortresses and animal seals
After the Lord knows how many decades of digging in Jerusalem, archaeologists finally found the fabled Akra, a Hellenistic citadel erected in the heart of Jerusalem by the Seleucid conquerors after they destroyed the city in 168 BCE.

Second Temple Flooring Revealed

Archeologists from the Jerusalem-based Temple Mount Sifting Project are confident that they have successfully restored a unique architectural element of the Second Temple. Namely, a series of regally decorated floor tiles that adorned the porticos atop the Temple Mount, and which likely featured prominently in the courtyards of the Second Temple during the period that King Herod ruled (37 to 4 BCE) in Jerusalem.
"It enables us to get an idea of the Temple's incredible splendor," stated Dr.
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We visited City of David and it felt like we were taken 3000 years back
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