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5 things to know about the Givati Parking Lot:
- It’s one of the largest excavation sites in Israel, covering an area not less than 3,500 sq m.
- It was in use up until about 15 years ago as the central parking lot for people going to the Kotel.
- At the site, archaeological layers were found representing more than 10 different periods in Jerusalem’s history, beginning with the First Temple period up to the Abbasid period.
- Remnants of a building were found on the site that have been identified as the Acra Fortress – a Greek fortress built by Antiochus Epiphanes.
- At the end of 2008, a British woman who came to volunteer in the excavation at the Givati Parking Lot discovered a treasure trove of 264 gold coins from the Byzantine period.