Historical Atlas of Jerusalem
Five thousand years ago a few families settled on a low hill in present-day Israel that would in time be known as Jerusalem, City of David. For five millennia this relatively small site has been built and razed, developed and...
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Five thousand years ago a few families settled on a low hill in present-day Israel that would in time be known as Jerusalem, City of David. For five millennia this relatively small site has been built and razed, developed and occupied by various forces* Canaanites, Egyptians, Israelites, Judaeans, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and various Christian and Muslim groups.;Interest in Jerusalem's history, status, buildings and everyday life has never waned since King David made it his capital city 3000 years ago. Pilgrims, crusaders and others visited the city, recording their impressions in writings and later in drawings, surpassing in number that of any other of the world's ancient cities. With the birth of modern archaeology, systematic research into the city's history began in the 19th century, with countless excavations carried out in the city and in its environs for 100 years.;With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and particularly with the Old City coming under Jewish control in 1967, this activity greatly intensified. Suddenly the thirst for knowledge of a generation of Israeli scholars who knew the Old City solely from literature and observation from afar aroused a wave of archaeological activity unknown anywhere else in the world.;This volume presents a visual, pictorial history of Jerusalem from the most ancient records to recent excavations. The narrative text is accompanied by hundreds of specially prepared drawings, maps and photographs that illuminate every aspect of human settlement, from topography, water sources and agriculture to security, architecture and historical sites from the Temples of Solomon, Nehemiah and Herod to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock.
Ben-Dov participated in the largest archaeological excavations carried out in Israel in the 1960s. In 1966 he headed the excavation of the Belvoir Crusader fortress at Kokhav Hayarden. Since 1967 he has been engaged in excavations and study of Jerusalem's past and has played a central role in these excavations.