Monday, July 16, 2007

Fight! Fight! Waqf Temple Mount excavation raises archaeologists' protests
The Waqf Muslim religious trust is digging a ditch from the northern side of the Temple Mount compound to the Dome of the Rock as a prelude to infrastructure work in the area, generating protests from archaeologists.

The dig has been approved by the police, but the Israel Antiquities Authority declined to respond to the Waqf's excavations and would not comment on whether one of its archaeologists had approved the move.

The Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, an apolitical group comprised of archaeologists and intellectuals from the left and right, criticized the use of a tractor for excavation at the Temple Mount "without real, professional and careful archaeological supervision involving meticulous documentation."

UPDATE: UPDATE: A reader sends along more links:
The Temple Mount: Where is the outrage? (video)

Digging the Temple Mount - how not to do it! Explanation by Leen Rittmeyer (blog post)

Still photos