David to Nehemiah: new fragments from Kenyon's Jerusalem
Monday, 11 November 2013 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
Such is the density of the archaeological investigation of Old Testament Jerusalem that almost every stone turned leads to controversy. The subjects of recent debates have included the possible location of the Davidic palace and the existence of the city walls built by Nehemiah. The archive from Kathleen Kenyon’s work in the 1960s (the first scientific excavations in Jerusalem, under the auspices of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem) still has contributions to offer on these and other questions. The archive is kept in the Manchester Museum. Most of the major results of the excavations were published with commendable speed by Kenyon in preliminary reports and informative monographs. The main focus of Kenyon’s excavation of Iron Age remains was in her Site A, the great trench on the slopes of the south-east ridge, on which the final reports have since been published by H. Franken and M. Steiner. Iron Age remains in other areas excavated were on a much smaller scale. Current findings, now in process of publication, which reflect the more detailed analysis of the finds in two of these trenches, relate to major walls in Kenyon’s Sites S.II and R, on the fringes of the Ophel area. These trenches were small, but of considerable depth and revealed long stratified sequences. A much larger area around Site S.II was later excavated by B. Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and more recently by E. Mazar.
Kay Prag is a former Kenyon student and Senior Scholar of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, who participated in Kathleen Kenyon’s Jerusalem excavations in the 1960s. She was for some years editor of the journal Levant, now published by the Council for British Research in the Levant. She currently works on the final publication of her excavations at Tell Iktanu in Jordan and final reports on the Kenyon excavations, mainly concerning the Roman and later periods in Jerusalem.
Organised jointly by the Anglo Israel Archaeological Society and the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College, London