Eilat Mazar

HUGE WALLS. Eilat Mazar excavated a complex structure that includes a massive eastern wall more than 15 feet wide (seen in this south-facing view of the building’s northeast corner). Within this Large Stone Structure, as Mazar named it, were two or three stratified layers of Iron Age I remains, showing that it must have been built no later than the Iron Age I (c. 1200–1000/950 B.C.E.). Even so, Mazar identified the building as likely having been the palace King David built for himself in the early Iron Age IIa. Archaeologist Avraham Faust argues that the archaeological evidence indicates a construction date before David’s time.