Friday, August 31, 2007

Islamic Dig Uncovers Temple Remnant

Here's an interesting story from Jerusalem, where a dig on the Temple Mount has revealed a wall that some archaeologists believe may be a part of the Second Temple wall. And they are not pleased by the damage being done to it.

"A month-old Islamic dig on Jerusalem's Temple Mount to replace faulty electrical cables has damaged an ancient wall that is likely a remnant of the Second Temple, Israeli archaeologists said Thursday.

The work, which is being carried out with the approval of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the state-run Antiquities Authority, has been repeatedly condemned by independent Israeli archaeologists, who are calling for its immediate halt.

"The Israeli Government is lending a hand to the destruction of one of the most important archaeological sites in the world," said Bar-Ilan University archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkai at a Jerusalem press conference."

"Among the antiquities that have been damaged are a 7-meter-wide wall that apparently dates back to Second-Temple times and was likely part of the Temple courts, according to Israeli archaeologists from the nonpartisan Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount.

"This is the first time in the history of archaeological excavation in Israel that we have remains that could have been part of the courts of the Temple itself," Barkai said.

He added that it was unfathomable that Israel's top archaeological body was turning a blind eye to archaeological destruction at Judaism's holiest site. "All civilized people should stand up and protest this barbaric act," he said."

Read the full article here.

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Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow..pretty amazing!

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Mr. H said...

As archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkai of the Bar-Ilan University suggested, "All civilized people should stand up and protest this barbaric act."

Well, I did just that…I sent an email to the office of the Prime Minister of Israel voicing my opinion by simply stating that all work should stop and all attempts must be made to protect the artifacts no matter who the belong to.

The Israeli government needs to receive a few thousand emails and letters and that may get their attention, so go do it folks!

Umm...now would be a good time! 

9:00 PM  

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