The Monumentality of Iron Age Jerusalem Prior to the 8th Century BCE

Yuval Gadot, Joe Uziel

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The article reviews the chrono-stratigraphy of the City of David ridge—the site traditionally considered as the location of Bronze and Iron Age Jerusalem. Several scholars have recently challenged this conventional view, arguing that the southeastern hill became part of the city only in the 8th century BCE. Five stratigraphic anchors are discussed in detail, including the finds from Kenyon’s Section A, remains surrounding the Gihon Spring and the stratigraphic sequence in Area E. These, as well as remains excavated in Area G and the ‘Ophel’, show that at least three Iron II construction phases need to be taken into account, the earliest probably dating to before the middle of the 8th century BCE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • City of David
  • Gihon Spring
  • Iron Age
  • Jerusalem
  • Middle Bronze Age
  • southeastern ridge

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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