In July 2017 Israeli archaeologists excavated a rockslide on the eastern slopes of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Digging into centuries of sediment, they discovered a trove of priceless artefacts – and incredibly, they appear to confirm the Biblical account of the city’s destruction.
The discovery was made by the Israel Antiquities Authority, supported by the City of David Foundation – Elad. Established in 1986, Elad is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the “City of David” – an archaeological site believed to have encompassed ancient Jerusalem before its destruction.
Objects recovered from the dig include pottery, fish remains and bones, seeds and burnt wood as well as several ornamental artefacts. The craftsmanship of these pieces suggests that the former Judean capital was a sophisticated place at the time of its fall, with cultural ties to various distant civilizations.