Zev Radovan

The stepped-stone structure, the largest Iron Age structure in Israel, covers the northeastern slope of the City of David with a mantle of walls and terraces. So massive an edifice, it is generally agreed, must have supported an imposing structure above it. Many believed that structure was Jerusalem’s fortress; Eilat Mazar suggests that the area just to the north, which she believes was the site of David’s palace, would have been adjacent to the fortress.