Was the City of David walled in the Iron Age IIA?

Doron Ben-Ami, Yana Tchekhanovets

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Some of the most extensive excavations in the City of David have been underway since March 2007 in the area of the Givati Car Park in the City of David (Fig. 1) 1, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The Iron Age is represented in the Givati dig by a number of clearly defined phases of settlement covering most of the period. The earliest of these phases has been dated to the Iron Age IIA, with remains found directly on bedrock at an average depth of approximately 10 m below the surface. These remains include meager, carelessly constructed buildings, whose walls, usually the width of one row of stones, encompassed various household installations. This dwelling quarter kept its character throughout the Iron Age
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalCity of David - Studies of Ancient Jerusalem
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2013


  • Castles -- Eretz Israel
  • Gates
  • Ir David (Jerusalem, Israel) -- Antiquities
  • Jerusalem (Israel) -- In the Bible
  • Palaces -- Eretz Israel


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