I was talking with a scholar the other day about the general lack of archaeological material in Israel from the Persian period (530-330 B.C.). This is especially true for the city of Jerusalem. Then today I learned this from a reliable source:
Just yesterday, Eilat Mazar found a Persian period layer with much pottery and bullae, mostly fragments, but one with a beautiful 5th century B.C. inscription from the Persian Period.
Mazar is excavating in the City of David, above Shiloh’s Area G, on the summit of the hill in an area where she believes she is excavating the palace of David. When I know more, or when this is reported in the media, I’ll mention it here.