The Hebrew Bible makes it clear that King David and his successors were buried somewhere on the narrow ridge of the City of David near the Gihon Spring where the earliest city of Jerusalem was located. But where exactly? In an early-20th-century excavation, Raymond Weill believed he had discovered the royal necropolis, but many have challenged the identification. Was Weill right?
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Masada, the mountaintop fortress that set the stage for one of the ancient world’s most dramatic tragedies, is today one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. In the free ebook Masada: The Dead Sea’s Desert Fortress, discover what archaeology reveals about the defenders’ identity, fortifications and arms before their ultimate sacrifice.
Pictured below are various photographs and diagrams of Weill’s excavation.
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These drawings are published in The City of David: Revisiting Early Excavations by Raymond Weill and L.-H. Vincent. For more information, call 1-800-221-4644. Limited quantity available.
Besieged by a cataclysmic earthquake and engulfed in tidal waves, the once-great cities of heracleion and canopus in Egypt’s Nile Delta sank into the sea in the eighth century A.D. They remained hidden until 2000, when the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology organized an expedition to the submerged area—approximately 40 square miles—where they believed the cities were located. Directed by marine archaeologist Franck Goddio, the expedition has discovered two, or maybe three, cities.