Archaeology, Heritage and Ethics in the Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem: Darkness at the End of the Tunnel

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This volume is a critical study of recent archaeology in the Western Wall Plaza
area, Jerusalem. Considered one of the holiest places on Earth for Jews and
Muslims, it is also a place of controversy, where the State marks ‘our’ remains
for preservation and adoration and ‘theirs’ for silencing.
Based on thousands of documents from the Israel Antiquities Authority
and other sources, such as protocols of planning committees, readers can
explore for the first time this archaeological ‘heart of darkness’ in East
Jerusalem. The book follows a series of unique discoveries, reviewing the
approval and execution of development plans and excavations, and the use of
the sites once excavation has finished. Who decides what and how to excavate,
what to preserve – or ‘remove’? Who pays for the archaeology, for what aims?
The professional, scientific archaeology of the past happens now: it modifies
the present and is modified by it. This book ‘excavates’ the archaeology of
East Jerusalem to reveal its social and political contexts, power structures and
Readers interested in the history, archaeology and politics of the Israeli–
Palestinian conflict will find this book useful, as well as scholars and students
of the history and ethics of archaeology, Jerusalem, conservation, nationalism
and heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages354
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-14335-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-03131-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Heritage
  • heritage management
  • history of archaeology
  • Cultural heritage
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Jerusalem
  • ethics
  • Conservation politics
  • politics
  • Nationalism
  • East Jerusalem
  • orphan heritage
  • Lingua
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • tunneling
  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Mamluk
  • Ottoman
  • Iron Age
  • Herod
  • Roman
  • Temple

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