Eli Shukron

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Eli Shukron(hebrew: אלי שוקרון) is an Israeli archaeologist employed by the Israel Antiquities Authority. He has made several significant finds from the period of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.

In 2004 Shukron and archaeologist Ronny Reich excavated the Second Temple period Pool of Siloam. The find was formally announced on August 9, 2005.[1] The pool was used for Jewish healing rituals and is cited in the New Testament as the site of a healing miracle of Jesus.[2]

In 2007 Shukron and Reich excavated an ancient Jerusalem water channel that drained Jerusalem. Items discovered in the tunnel appear to confirm Josephus's account of Jews using the sewer as a refuge and escape form the burning city.[3][4] Among the finds was a rare half-shekel coin, used to pay the Second Temple tax; only seven other such coins have been found in archeological digs.[5]

In September 2009, Shukron and Reich uncovered the ancient Jerusalem pilgrim road.[6] Limited sections are currently open to the public.

In May 2012 Shukron told the public, that archaeologists, while sifting through the debris from the excavation site City of David just south of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, found a shard from a bulla bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem. This is the first time that Bethlehem is mentioned outside the Bible from the period of the First Temple.[7]

In May 2014, Shukron claimed to have discovered the legendary Citadel of David described in the Bible during his excavation of the ancient City of David in East Jerusalem.[8]


  1. ^ "Archaeologists identify traces of miracle pool". Jerusalem. AP. Dec 23, 2004.
  2. ^ CBS News, December 23, 2004
  3. ^ Associated press, cited in Boston Globe, September 11, 2007
  4. ^ Herald Sun, September 11, 2007
  5. ^ Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2008, cited at pqasb.pqarchiver.com
  6. ^ Ha'aretz, January 24, 2007
  7. ^ The Times of Israel, 23rd May 2012
  8. ^ "Archaeologists claim to have found Biblical Citadel of David". Descrier. May 6, 2014.