In 1986-87 Eilat Mazar excavated alongside with her grandfather prof. Benjamin Mazar at the Ophel (the biblical acropolis of First Temple Period of time Jerusalem), on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The outcomes from their excavations are released in Qedem 29 (1989).
Given that then, she has performed several excavation seasons at the Ophel web site, revealing Very first Temple Time period monumental structures, like a town gate, towers, and a royal structure, proposed by her to be portion of the metropolis wall of Jerusalem, created in the course of the 10th century by King Solomon, as explained in one Kings 3:one. According to E. Mazar, "It signifies that at that time, the tenth century, in Jerusalem there was a regime able of carrying out this kind of development."
Considering that 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Numerous learners from Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Outstanding results from the new Ophel excavations are presented at the world wide web website set up by Mazar and the College: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a near romantic relationship in between the Higher education and the Mazars, going back to the sixties, at that time in affiliation with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar's Temple Mount Excavations.