Jerusalem, Ramat Sharet

Gideon Sulimani
Final Report
In July 2007, a salvage excavation was conducted in a rock-cut cave in the Ramat Sharet neighborhood of Jerusalem (Permit No. A-5191; map ref. 21749–50/62933–4; Fig. 1), which was discovered during an inspection prior to construction. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by G. Solimany, with the assistance of R. Abu Halaf (administration), T. Sagiv (field photography) and M. Kipnis (surveying and drafting).
The cave, located on the eastern slope of a spur that descends southward, had sustained damage caused by mechanical equipment to its southern wall. The cave was circular (3.0 × 3.5 m, height 1.5 m; Figs. 2, 3). An entrance shaft was apparently hewn in its eastern side. It was filled with alluvium mixed with glass fragments, shoes and plastic objects; the alluvium evidently entered the cave through the shaft. No ancient artifacts were found. The cave was probably part of the cemetery dating from the Early Bronze Age IV and Middle Bronze Age II, which was excavated in the nearby Holy Land neighborhood (Permit No. A-4754).
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