Excavating the City of David: Where Jerusalem’s History Began
By Ronny Reich
384 pp. + 207 illustration (most in color), English
Hardcover, 10 x 7.5 inches
Featuring: Siloam Tunnel, Warren’s Shaft system, Siloam Inscription, Theodotos Inscription, Pool of Siloam
This is the definitive book on the City of David—the oldest part of Jerusalem—by the current excavator of the site. It will be read, enjoyed and studied now and a hundred years from now. It is, in fact, more than one book: It is a fascinating account of the history of the site’s excavation—by scholars and charlatans; by the British, French and Israelis; by a Catholic priest and by Jews; by the competent and by amateurs.
It is also a careful description of how and what was found and how scholars teased history out of the stones, springs and tunnels, as well as from an occasional inscription, seal or royal capital.
It is a personal account of author Ronny Reich’s own adventures at the site. The book chronicles his excitement, his frustration, his disputes and his occasional pokes at colleagues.
If you have any interest in the archaeology of Jerusalem, this book is a must-have.
Archaeologist Ronny Reich has been excavating and studying Jerusalem’s antiquities for over 40 years. Since 1995, together with his colleague Eli Shukron, he has been director of the City of David excavations.
Reich is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he also wrote his Ph.D. on Jewish ritual baths in the Second Temple period—considered a seminal work on the subject.
Since 1995, he has been a professor of archaeology at the University of Haifa. In 2000, Reich was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for Archaeological Research.