Extreme Exposure: Archaeology in Jerusalem 1967-2007

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Abstract

A long series of excavations has been carried out since 1967 by Israeli archaeologists in 'unified' Jerusalem. Proponents have characterised this work as revolutionary and inspired by 'a free academic spirit'; critics have viewed it as part of the 'Jewish-colonial-nationalist project'. The truth of these views, which are not mutually exclusive, lies very much in the eye of the beholder. Despite the unified legal framework governing the excavation of Jerusalem, there is neither a single outlook nor an overarching plan in its conduct. Different excavators - and perhaps more significantly, different development agencies - have worked to different ends in Jerusalem, using a wide variety of means.

Three stages may be discerned in the conduct of archaeological work in Jerusalem since 1967. The first two, spanning the first three decades or so of Israeli presence in East Jerusalem, may be characterised, by and large, as 'official' in outlook, i.e., governed by concerns...

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-281
Number of pages20
JournalConservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
Volume11
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Jerusalem
  • Conflict
  • Legislation
  • Ethics
  • History & Archaeology

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