This city was peopled by many long before Canaanites, but then it was conquered by the people of Joshua. It became a city of David. Through the wars, it was conquered by others, including the Romans then the Byzantines and then the Persians and then the Crusaders. It was in British rule until 1947, when it was Israeli again. They have excavated the layers back to Roman (the Muslims took their parts back), and some original pieces from the King David. Most of what is shown here is from the Roman layers, with many pillars fallen from an earthquake.