The Archaeology of Jerusalem is a sweeping and lavishly illustrated history. Katharina Galor and Hanswulf Bloedhorn survey nearly four-thousand years of human settlement and building activity in Jerusalem, from prehistoric times through the Ottoman period. More than 1,700 excavations and several hundred surveys have been carried out in the ancient Middle Eastern city since the mid-1900s, and this comprehensive volume represents the most up-to-date synthesis of past and recent archaeological discoveries and related documentation.
Organized chronologically, Galor and Bloedhorn's monumental work intimately explores one of the oldest, most fascinating cities in the world, revealing important building components throughout its history, including fortifications and water systems, and its characteristic sacred, public, and private architecture. Unique architectural details, paintings, mosaics, pottery, and coins receive particular attention as the distinctive finds associated with each of the historical periods under discussion are highlighted, examined and interpreted. By carefully avoiding the problematic tendencies of past field work and research to promote ideological, political, and religious agendas, this important book provides an illuminating and objective perspective on the emergence and development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the relationship of the three religions throughout the ages.