Jerusalem (Jul. 9)
Archaeological digs in the City of David excavations will focus in the coming season on a monumental pyramid-like structure apparently dating from King Solomon’s time, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The new season of excavations will begin next Monday. The structure, of which 16 meters has been exposed so far, was uncovered at the end of last season’s dig. There is speculation whether the structure was connected with the citadel of the ancient city, or served as royal tombs of the House of David. In any case, there is an agreement that the very existence of a substantial structure dating back 3,000 years ago is a unique finding.
Digs will be made at three other sites in the City of David, including one holding remains of the Canaanite city of Jebus, which David conquered. This will be the fourth of five scheduled seasons of excavations in the City of David. It will last eight weeks. Some 400 volunteers from Israel and abroad will participate in the excavation.