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Two New Discoveries Relate to Ancient Jerusalem

Two new archaeological finds relate to Jerusalem in the Old and New Testament periods. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have found the northernmost wall of 1st century AD Jerusalem and discovered the point where the attacking Romans breached it during … Continue reading

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Video: The Ramparts Walk atop the Walls of Jerusalem’s Old City

Most visitors to Jerusalem never take the opportunity to walk atop the walls of the Old City. For the equivalent of four or five dollars you can walk along the ramparts and enjoy unique views not available on the ground. … Continue reading

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Qeiyafa Dig Update: July 13, 2011

Here is an update on my experiences with the 2011 Khirbet Qeiyafa dig. We have made good progress in our square, with some interesting discoveries during the past two days. We should learn more when we work at the site … Continue reading

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Excavating an Ancient City Wall

One morning a number of us were pulled away from our regular excavation areas and sent to clear a section of the ancient city’s outer wall. Here is another view of us at work. Here is how the wall looked … Continue reading

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Ancient Casemate Walls – an Inexpensive, Flexible Defense

We often picture ancient cities as being surrounded by thick, solid walls for protection. There are certainly examples of this from ancient times, but the heavy expense plus the significant construction time led to an alternative city wall design that … Continue reading

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