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Jerusalem lies at the heart of Biblical archaeology. Download an eBook featuring BAR articles to learn the results of some of the city’s most groundbreaking excavations.

Jerusalem Archaeology: Exposing the Biblical City

In this free eBook, learn about the latest finds in the Biblical world’s most vibrant city. Discover the results of the latest excavations, learn about the scholars working on Jerusalem archaeology projects and get to know a site that contains more than a thousand years of the city’s history.

The storied city of Jerusalem has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years. Sacred to three great monotheistic religions, it is a Biblical archaeologist’s dream—and nightmare. Jerusalem is the most-excavated city in the world; archaeologists have worked with everything from a bulldozer to a spade, to a handpick and even a toothbrush. And almost every time someone digs in the Holy City, some new and exciting clue about the world of ancient Israel or the origins of Judaism and Christianity is revealed.

Constructing a history of Jerusalem is a monumental task. Jerusalem’s story takes place in countless sites built over the course of millennia. And each of the city’s historical puzzle pieces carries with it myriad interpretations and debates.

In the first chapter of this eBook, Biblical Archaeology Review editor Hershel Shanks presents dramatic recent discoveries from the city’s early history, as well as the projects and scholars who have brought them to light. Sift through hidden treasures from the Temple Mount, read the fragmented text of the city’s oldest known writing and explore evidence of Solomon’s Jerusalem—from the city walls to his royal residence.

Jerusalem’s sacred history developed over the span of millennia. A new excavation located a mere hundred yards from the Western Wall reveals Jerusalem’s layered ancient history—from the building blocks of Solomon’s city to the bustling thoroughfare of Roman and Byzantine Aelia Capitolina. In this eBook’s second chapter, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, Alexander Onn, Shua Kisilevitz and Brigitte Ouahnouna shine a spotlight on a single site containing more than a thousand years of the city’s dynamic history.

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