OPHEL EXCAVATIONS

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

Since then, she has executed a number of excavation seasons at the Ophel web site, revealing First Temple Period of time monumental structures, such as a metropolis gate, towers, and a royal structure, advised by her to be part of the metropolis wall of Jerusalem, developed for the duration of the 10th century by King Solomon, as explained in 1 Kings three:1. According to E. Mazar, "It means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime able of carrying out these kinds of building."

Since 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Many learners from Herbert W. Armstrong Higher education in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Exceptional outcomes from the new Ophel excavations are introduced at the internet internet site recognized by Mazar and the College: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a shut romantic relationship amongst the Higher education and the Mazars, likely again to the sixties, at that time in association with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar's Temple Mount Excavations.

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