Archive for May, 2016

Evidence of the Priestly Class in Jerusalem
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Evidence of the Priestly Class in Jerusalem

Does pottery discovered in the City of David prove the existence of a priestly class in First Temple Jerusalem?

A Thousand Years of History in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, Nitza Rosovsky, BAR 18-03, May-Jun 1992.
By May 18, 2016 Read More →

A Thousand Years of History in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, Nitza Rosovsky, BAR 18-03, May-Jun 1992.

A walking tour reveals Jerusalem flourishing, destroyed and splendidly rebuilt. War—or rather two wars—made possible the current golden age of discovery in Jerusalem, at the City of David, at the Temple Mount and in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter. In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, the occupants of the Jewish Quarter surrendered to the […]

Posted in: Bible and Beyond
The Rose of Jericho—Symbol of the Resurrection, Jacob Friedman, Zippora Stein and Amotz Dafni, BAR 6-05, Sep-Oct 1980.
By May 17, 2016 Read More →

The Rose of Jericho—Symbol of the Resurrection, Jacob Friedman, Zippora Stein and Amotz Dafni, BAR 6-05, Sep-Oct 1980.

Generations of Christian Pilgrims to the Holy land brought home traditional mementos such as pressed wild flowers from Jerusalem, olive-wood covered Bibles, and a homely little ball of dried-out twigs with miraculous properties—the Rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica). The desiccated skeletons of the small desert plant are still sold at souvenir shops in Jerusalem’s Old […]

Proof of the Jewish Presence in Ancient Jerusalem
By May 11, 2016 Read More →

Proof of the Jewish Presence in Ancient Jerusalem

A pottery shard stamped with the letter “nun” is conclusive evidence of the Jewish presence in ancient Jerusalem.

An Unexpected Discovery
By May 11, 2016 Read More →

An Unexpected Discovery

Archaeologists at the City of David broke through a wall and found an unexpected archaeological discovery!

The Room Where Everything Began
By May 11, 2016 Read More →

The Room Where Everything Began

Doron Spielman takes us into the room where it all began, in a house in the ancient City of David.

The Spring House
By May 11, 2016 Read More →

The Spring House

The Spring House is one of the most important buildings in the City of David excavations.

City of David Videos
By May 11, 2016 Read More →

City of David Videos

These videos were filmed by Ardon Bar-Hama and directed by George Blumenthal. They feature Doron Spielman, international director of development at the City of David. The Spring House The Room Where Everything Began An Unexpected Discovery Proof of the Jewish Presence in Ancient Jerusalem Evidence of the Priestly Class in Jerusalem Why Was the Gihon […]

Doings at Digs, BAR 11-01, Jan-Feb 1985.
By May 3, 2016 Read More →

Doings at Digs, BAR 11-01, Jan-Feb 1985.

Excavation Opportunities 1985 Doings at Digs From taking the first level to dumping the final load of debris, volunteers contribute hours of labor for every important find. Taking a Level Sifting Protecting a Fragile Find Dumping Debris Tracing a Floor Making Notes Raising a Tower Washing Pottery Spouting Off Capitalizing on an Important Find Further […]

Yigael Yadin 1917–1984, Hershel Shanks, BAR 10-05, Sep-Oct 1984
By May 2, 2016 Read More →

Yigael Yadin 1917–1984, Hershel Shanks, BAR 10-05, Sep-Oct 1984

Israel’s most celebrated Biblical archaeologist, Yigael Yadin, died of a heart attack on June 28 at the age of 67. The world of Biblical archaeology has been impoverished. Yadin was struck down at his weekend home in Michmoret on the Mediterranean Sea, suddenly and without warning. All Israel mourned. The general-archaeologist who had led Israel’s […]