The American Frederick J. Bliss, working for the British almost 20 years before Weill’s work, was actually the first archaeologist to attempt to locate and excavate the Davidic tombs in accordance with Clermont-Ganneau’s ideas. Bliss, however, due to a misunderstanding excavated south of the great loop and closer to the Siloam Pool. F.J. Bliss, “Fourteenth Report on the Excavations at Jerusalem,” Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement 1897: 180, 264.