As far as I am aware the following observations were first made by Theodore Weedon (author of 'Mark: traditions in conflict') in informal email discussion.
Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
There is no doubt that the walls of the city were partly (but not completely) destroyed when the Babylonians conquered the city in 586 BCE (see, for example, Nehemiah 1:3; 2:3, 17). They also destroyed Solomon’s Temple along with much of the rest of the city and deported its citizens to Babylonia. In Jerusalem, “Only the poorest people in the land were left” (2 Kings 24:14).
Archaeological Evidence from the Persian Period
Until fairly recently, the Persian period was characterized as the dark age of Israelite history. This is no longer true, partly because of the availability of newer materials, but especially because of the work of Ephraim Stern of Hebrew University and other archaeologists in Israel whose surveys and discoveries have opened new vistas for study of this era of profound change and development.
Nebuchadnezzar probably intended to follow up his victories at Carchemish and Hamath by continuing to march south into Palestine, but he was prevented from doing so by the death of his father, Nabopolassar, which required him to return to Babylon in August 605 BCE, and accept the crown as Nebuchadnezzar II (605–562 BCE), the second king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.
The Reign of Josiah and the End of the Assyrian Empire
The Reign of Manasseh and the Assyrian Conquest of Egypt
Sennacherib’s Invasion of Judah
The Eighth-Century of Prosperity - Israel and Judah
Israel and Judah Under the Hegemony of Damascus