The 17th Annual Archaeological Conference | City Of David

The 17th Annual Archaeological Conference

17Th Annual Archaeological Conference
Thursday, September 8, 2016/ 5 Elul 5776 from 6:30pm
This year, in addition to highlighting the newest archaeological discoveries in the City of David and ancient Jerusalem, the conference will focus on the attempt of various entities to erase ancient Jerusalem from Jewish history. 
Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Dore Gold, will talk about UNESCO’s treatment of the subject and its consequences on archaeological research in the State of Israel. Zachi Dvira will present archaeological finds that were uncovered during the sifting of archaeological rubble from the Temple Mount , which confirm the existence of the Temple during the First and Second periods.  
Professor David Jacobson, who is flying in specially from England, will represent the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF), which is celebrating 150 years since its inception, and will share rare photographs from the days of the first researchers of Jerusalem. 
Discussing one of the newest archaeological finds, Dr. Doron Ben-Ami, Central Region Archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority, will describe the surprising discovery of the Chakra fortress in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation.  The archaeologist Nahshon Zanton of the Israel Antiquities Authority will provide a fresh look at the lower city of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period in light of his excavation in the Tyropoeon Valley, located in the City of David. 
Guided tours of the excavation sites and the newest finds are offered before the conference begins. One may also participate in the sifting of archaeological rubble from the Temple Mount which will include an exhibit of unique finds that have been discovered in the sifting project in recent years.
For detailed information about the conferences and tours click here  
The conference and tours are open to the public free of charge. There is no advanced registration but space is limited.  
Conference Program
  •  3:30-6:00pm Tours and partipation in the Temple Mount Sifting Project  
  • 6:30pm Reception
  • 7:00pm Opening Remarks
Mr. Ahron Horovitz, Director-General, Megalim Institute
Mr. Yisrael Hasson, Director-General, Israel Antiquities Authority
Mr. Raviv Shapira, Director-General, Israel Nature and Parks Authority
7:15pm Session I 
Session Chair: Professor Aharon Damesky
Dr. Dore Gold, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs- The International Attempt to Disengage Jerusualem from Jewish History
Professor David Jacobson-  The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) and its archival photographs. 
9:00pm Break
9:15pm Session II- New Discoveries in the City of David Excavations
Session Chair: Professor Boaz Zisso
Dr. Doron Ben-Ami- "And they built the City of David and surrounded her with a great and strong wall and strong towers and it was called the Chakra."
Yitzhak Dvira and Franky Schneider- Temple Denial and Archaeological Proof to the Contrary
10:00 Estimated Conclusion
Sponsored by The EGL Charitable Foundation
Registration for the tours on the day of the Conference:
Tours depart every half an hour from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
At 6:00pm, the tours will last a shorter amount of time. 
Due to high demand, one may register for no more than 2 tours. 
Please pay attention to the length of each tour so as not to register for tours that take place at the same time.  
Participation in the tours requires advanced registration on the City of David's website or through the Reservations Center at 02-626-8700 ext 1. The tours cost a symbolic fee of 10 nis per tour. 


Unique tours at the Megalim Conference

  • The Yovel Excavation
    The Yovel Excavation The Yovel excavations are relatively new, and are normally closed to the general public. Recently, a new area was excavated, revealing part of Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare during the Second Temple period.
  • acra
    The Chakra The Givati Parking lot was once, as its names implies, a parking lot. Today, it is home to the largest archaeological excavation in Jerusalem. The site has been excavated on an ongoing basis since 2007 and has uncovered discoveries spanning the ages, from the First Temple period until the Islamic period. The tour will provide an up-to-date picture of the archaeological discoveries made at the site.


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