Temple city dating
Archaeologist Shukron spent 15 years excavating the Spring Citadel, which is a centerpiece of the City of David archaeological experience.Visitors there are shown a film projected onto the Spring Citadel, and the voice-over explains the Canaanite-period construction.
The discovery of these organically based sediment layers opened up the possibility of analyzing the soil through radiocarbon dating, rather than a dating based on the shapes and materials of discovered artifacts that was previously performed.
The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a seven-meter thick walled tower, shave nearly a thousand years from previous archaeological dating of the structure, which placed it c.
1700 BCE — and contradict a presumed biblical linkage to the site.
Downhill from the Temple Mount of Jerusalem, the Gihon Spring guard tower was discovered in 2004 by archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron.
Based on pottery and architectural signifiers, the heavily fortified structure — and the rest of the Spring Citadel protecting Jerusalem’s precious water source — were dated to Canaanite construction (Middle Bronze II period).
and it seems that it is essentially the largest fortress found in Israel until the days of King Herod,” states the website.