Friday, February 16, 2007
More facts on the Excavations near the Temple Mount
The Israel Antiquities Authority now has a live web camera on its website which broadcasts views of the excavation site from different angles. The webcam is actually not terribly enlightening for viewers not familiar with the area, but it is useful as a symbolic demonstration of openness and transparency. Unfortunately, the site seems to designed only for Internet Explorer. There are also two articles by senior archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority. One article, by Dr. Gideon Avni, seeks to explain why the excavations are being carried out now. He argues quite convincingly that the excavations are part of a salvage operation aimed at locating, documenting and preserving any artifacts at the site where the planned bridge is supposed to be constructed. Another source worth looking at is a Question and Answer session hosted by the Jerusalem Post with Dr. Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University.