Temple city dating
The radiocarbon dates only mean that this could not have been done before the late 9th century. “In any event, a late 9th century date should come as no surprise, as there are other indications for the growth of the city at that time – from the Temple Mount (in my opinion the original location of the mound of Jerusalem) to the south, in the direction of the Gihon spring,” says Finkelstein.
The City of David is often described as the urban core of ancient Jerusalem, which (possibly) already boasted walled fortifications from the Bronze Age.
The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a seven-meter thick walled tower, shave nearly a thousand years from previous archaeological dating of the structure, which placed it c.
1700 BCE — and contradict a presumed biblical linkage to the site.
And this time archaeologists have been able to find seals () that date back to a fascinating epoch of the First Jewish Temple (also known as Solomon’s Temple), inside the perimeters of the National Park.
The discovery of these organically based sediment layers opened up the possibility of analyzing the soil through radiocarbon dating, rather than a dating based on the shapes and materials of discovered artifacts that was previously performed.
As part of ongoing cooperative research projects with the IAA, Dr.
Elisabetta Boaretto, head of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s D-REAMS Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory and track leader within the Max Planck-Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology, was on the forefront of the radiocarbon dating analysis.
Archaeologist Shukron spent 15 years excavating the Spring Citadel, which is a centerpiece of the City of David archaeological experience.
Visitors there are shown a film projected onto the Spring Citadel, and the voice-over explains the Canaanite-period construction.