Excavations and Politics in the City of David

The AP has a nothing-else-to-report-today article about the Israeli excavations in the City of David, focusing particularly on the political aspects. The thesis of the article is summed up in this paragraph:

Israel says it’s reconnecting with its ancient heritage. Palestinians contend the archaeology is a political weapon to undermine their own links to Jerusalem.

The article interviews both sides, though it’s not in-depth enough to satisfy either side. My contribution to the story is a photograph of the City of David that shows the area sometime in the first half of the 20th century, but without most of the buildings.

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City of David from the south
Source: Library of Congress, LC-matpc-08433
Some information and photos about ancient sites in the area can be found at these BiblePlaces.com pages: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Warren’s Shaft, and Pool of Siloam.

3 thoughts on “Excavations and Politics in the City of David

  1. Is that picture from the Matson collection available on the Library of Congress website? I was looking through that the other day…fascinating stuff. Any other resources like it out there?

  2. Tim – yes, it is from the Matson collection. I’ve been working with those photos for about 3 years now, to create some easier-to-use, subject-related collections on C. I’m hoping to finish this summer. As for other resources, there are those at http://www.LifeintheHolyLand.com and a few others that I’m working on. There are others but none that I know of that are either better or available.

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