Dismantled section of Eastern wall
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A Tour for Journalists on the Temple Mount and Major Problems in the Eastern Temple Mount Wall

Yesterday we conducted a tour for journalists on the Temple Mount which focused on the issues mentioned in our report concerning the antiquities destruction on the Temple Mount during the past 3 years. We examined the debris heaps in the location…
Following the truck
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It Appears Our Outcry Succeeded in Stopping the Earth Removal

The story of the debris heaps removal from the Temple Mount was widely covered by the Israeli media last week. As a result of following one of the trucks, we discovered the material was being deposited at an illegal dumping site (Fig 1). Evidently,…
Modern debris - mixed with Temple Mount soil - removed from the Temple Mount
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Update on Recent Earthworks on the Temple Mount

As mentioned in the report in the previous post, there is a Supreme Court ruling from 2004 that forbids the removal of dirt from the Temple Mount without notifying the Temple Mount Antiquities Rescue Committee 30 days in advance. This is to…
Architectural marble stones from Byzantine and Early Moslem periods
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Antiquities Damage on the Temple Mount in the Years 2010-2012

Following is a report we published on Sunday this week. Since then new earthworks activity began in the Eastern debris heaps in the Temple Mount, which was covered by Israeli media news reports. We will publish a detailed report about these…
Ancient beams on the Temple Mount
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Regarding the Reports about Ancient Wooden Beams being Burnt in the Temple Mount

Earlier this week there were some reports in the media about Arabs burning “First Temple Cedars of Lebanon.” These reports were based more on assumptions than facts. The facts are that the stack of wooden beams that was lying on the ground…
Ancient beams on the Temple Mount
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New Article in Israel Hayom about the Al-Aqsa Beams

Nadav Shragai, a reporter for Israel Hayom!, published a very interesting article about the history of some ancient carved wooden beams removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the last century. Some of these beams predate the first Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Mosaic floor underneath the Al-Aqsa mosque
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Article in the Jerusalem Post about the Mosaic Underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Following my article that was reported in the last post, The Jerusalem Post published an article regarding the discovery of the Mosaic floor underneath the Al-Aqsa mosque. See: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1226404750389&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
byzantine church mosaics
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New Substantial Discoveries in Past Waqf Excavations on Temple Mount

Last Thursday, I gave a lecture and published an article in the annual New Studies on Jerusalem conference of Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies in Bar-Ilan University. Following is the abstract of the article:   New Information…
Dumped Temple Mount soil
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More Archaeological Destruction on the Temple Mount

Last Sunday Waqf officials used a tractor to dig an 80m long ditch on the  Temple Mount platform, in order to install new electricity lines. The trench depth varies from 50 – 100 cm deep. During the excavation, grey earth, which indicates…