In 1986-87 Eilat Mazar excavated along with her grandfather prof. Benjamin Mazar at the Ophel (the biblical acropolis of Very first Temple Time period Jerusalem), on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew College of Jerusalem. The outcomes from their excavations are revealed in Qedem 29 (1989).
Given that then, she has performed a number of excavation seasons at the Ophel web site, revealing First Temple Time period monumental structures, which includes a town gate, towers, and a royal framework, suggested by her to be part of the city wall of Jerusalem, created during the 10th century by King Solomon, as described in 1 Kings three:one. In accordance to E. Mazar, "It means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime able of carrying out this sort of design."
Because 2009 the Ophel excavations and publications have been funded by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman. Several college students from Herbert W. Armstrong Higher education in Edmond, Oklahoma, have volunteered in these excavations, and participated in the subsequent processing of finds. Exceptional final results from the new Ophel excavations are offered at the world wide web site proven by Mazar and the University: keytodavidscity.com. This is in continuation of a close connection amongst the University and the Mazars, heading again to the sixties, at that time in affiliation with her grandfather Benjamin Mazar's Temple Mount Excavations.