Renewed Ophel Excavations Uncover 70 C.E. Jerusalem Destruction

Talking with excavation director Prof. Uzi Leibner on the final day of our excavations
A “year four” Great Revolt coin found during the renewed Ophel Excavations.
AIBA | Hebrew University | Photograph by Brent Nagtegaal

Recently completed archaeology excavations on Jerusalem’s Ophel have revealed more of a massive 2000-year-old, Second Temple-period public building that is connected to a unique square pool or mikveh (ritual bath). The excavation also uncovered remains of the 70 c.e. destruction at the hands of the Romans, including coins from the final year of the Jewish revolt. The excavation is a joint project of Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology and the Armstrong Institute of Biblical Archaeology, continuing to reveal the area excavated by the late Dr. Eilat Mazar.

On today’s program, Armstrong Institute office manager Brent Nagtegaal speaks with Prof. Uzi Leibner, director of the renewed Ophel excavations and head of Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology.

Let the Stones Speak