A new segment of the middle bronze fortification in the city of David

Ronny Reich, Eli Shukron

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The article is a preliminary report on an additional exposure of the Middle Bronze ii eastern fortifications of the City of David. Two massive parallel walls (3.5 m thick and up to 8 m preserved height) are presented. These walls form the lower exit of the underground Warren's Shaft system, and at the same time scale the steep eastern slope of the hill above. it appears that a small segment of these walls had already been exposed by the M. Parker expedition in 1909. it turns out that Kenyon's MB ii Wall NB connects to the northern of the two walls and does not continue southwards to connect to the wall exposed by Shiloh. The question thus arises as to whether Wall NB is a city wall at all. Currently, it seems that the massive parallel walls were originally planned as a fortified downslope corridor leading to the spring, but were soon replaced by the underground rock-cut tunnel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-153
Number of pages13
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • CITY of david
  • Fortifications
  • Jerusalem
  • MIDDLE bronze ii

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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