OPHEL EXCAVATIONS

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In 1986-87 Eilat Mazar excavated together with her grandfather prof. Benjamin Mazar at the Ophel (the biblical acropolis of 1st Temple Period of time Jerusalem), on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew College of Jerusalem. The results from their excavations are published in Qedem 29 (1989).

Because then, she has performed a number of excavation seasons at the Ophel web site, revealing First Temple Period of time monumental buildings, like a town gate, towers, and a royal structure, advised by her to be element of the metropolis wall of Jerusalem, developed for the duration of the tenth century by King Solomon, as explained in 1 Kings 3:one. According to E. Mazar, "It implies that at that time, the tenth century, in Jerusalem there was a routine able of carrying out such development."

Since 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Several learners from Herbert W. Armstrong Higher education in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Excellent benefits from the new Ophel excavations are presented at the world wide web website recognized by Mazar and the School: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a close romantic relationship amongst the College and the Mazars, likely again to the 1960s, at that time in association with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar's Temple Mount Excavations.

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