Biblical Archaeology Review 12:6, November/December 1986

Excavating in the Shadow of the Temple Mount

By Hershel Shanks

It should have been the jewel in Israel’s archaeological crown. In fact, Israel’s excavation of the area adjacent to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, on the south and southwest sides of the sacred precinct, has been the subject of continuing controversy and criticism. Excavation results have been spectacular, true, but they fall short of what might have been—indeed, what should have been.

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