Video: Inside the 2012 Ophel Excavations

The Ophel in Jerusalem sits at the heart of Biblical archaeology. The site’s rich research history stretches back to Charles Warren in the 1860s, and the Ophel continues to yield incredible discoveries to this day. The most recent Ophel excavation season, directed by Dr. Eilat Mazar, wrapped up on December 31, 2012, and archaeologists with the Herbert W. Armstrong College produced the following video on their informative website, The Key to David’s City. Watch the excavation in action! Examine a three thousand year old fire pit with supervisor Amir Kohen Klonymus, hear from the excavators, sponsors and their families, and find out about the hard work and exciting discoveries made in 2012 directly from Dr. Eilat Mazar.

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**Video reproduced with permission from Eilat Mazar. From The Key to David’s City.**

Jerusalem lies at the heart of Biblical archaeology. In the free eBook Jerusalem Archaeology: Exposing the Biblical City, learn about the latest finds in the Biblical world’s most vibrant city.

More on the Ophel excavations:

The Ophel Treasure

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

Precursor to Paleo-Hebrew Script Discovered in Jerusalem


More from Eilat Mazar:

Dr. Eilat Mazar, of the Institute of Archaeology of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has excavated in ancient Jerusalem for over 30 years. She directs archaeological excavations on the summit of the City of David and at the southern wall of the Temple Mount.


Discovering the Solomonic Wall in Jerusalem: This charming, informative and scholarly—yet understandable—book combines youthful memories of her grandfather with Mazar’s own most recent excavations, exploreing the southern gate of biblical Jerusalem and discovering the city wall built by King Solomon.

Articles in the BAS Library

“Achziv Cemeteries: Buried Treasure from Israel’s Phoenician Neighbor,” BAR, September/October 2010.

“The Wall That Nehemiah Built,” BAR, March/April 2009.

“Hadrian’s Legion,” BAR, November/December 2006.

“Did I Find King David’s Palace?” BAR, January/February 2006. Also available to non-library members for free here.

“Temple Mount Excavations Unearth the Monastery of the Virgins,” BAR, May/June 2004.

“Excavate King David’s Palace!” BAR, January/February 1997.

“Royal Gateway to Ancient Jerusalem Uncovered,” BAR, May/June 1989.

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