The purpose of the Mount Zion Project is to expose, examine and preserve all levels of habitation over the course of Jerusalem’s 3,000-year history. This site shows evidence of habitation from the modern period back through Ottoman, Islamic, Crusader, Byzantine, Roman and ancient Israelite levels. The idg is located east of the Zion Gate along the wall.
Updates on the progress of the dig can be found here.
The 2019 season will be from June 22nd through July 5th. For information about joining this project see the web site or contact Dig Mount Zion. Visit the Dig Mt. Zion Facebook page.
How do you fund an archaeological excavation during an economic recession? The total minimum costs for a four week season run about $90,000 and this does not include conservation, storage, and curating during the rest of the year. To raise the additional funds necessary to fund the 2019 season, the Dig on Mt. Zion is looking to the general public. If you would like to help, please visit their web site and make your donation of any size. It will be appreciated.
Dig Mount Zion Official Web Site
Church of the Apostles Found On Mt. Zion
Jerusalem's Essene Gateway: Where the Community Lived In Jesus' Time
(Articles Courtesy of Biblical Archaeology Review)
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