Eilat Mazar Is Born

September 10, 1956

Archaeologist Eilat Mazar is born. Mazar is a third generation Israeli archaeologist and is most well known for her work at the City of David site in Jerusalem. She is a professor of archaeology at Hebrew University.

In 2005, Mazar began a dig at the City of David near the visitor’s center. During the dig, she discovered remnants from what she believed was King David’s palace from the tenth century BC as well as a portion of the city walls from the Second Temple period.

This past summer in July, a team led by Mazar discovered a jar with a Canaanite inscription that is the earliest alphabetical written text ever discovered in Jerusalem during a dig near the Temple Mount. The photo below shows Mazar with the discovery.

Read about Eilat Mazar’s discovery this past summer.