Israel Finkelstein

Once Empty: The City of David, located on a ridge extending south from the Temple Mount, was once mostly empty of buildings. Here the archaeological site is seen in the foreground in front of the Temple Mount sometime during the first half of the 20th century. Across the Kidron Valley, at right, is the Arab village of Silwan, which has since expanded into the City of David site.

In the Eye of Jerusalem’s Archaeological Storm

Archaeological activity in Jerusalem has been sucked into a whirlwind of conflicting political agendas, and the site commonly referred to as “the City of David” is in the eye of the storm. At issue is a place of seminal importance for the Jewish people and indeed for anyone who cherishes the heritage of Western civilization.