Contrasting Archaeological Narratives in Jerusalem

Palestinian neighbourhood
Silwan, Jerusalem, to the right, the City of David Archaeological Park, to the left, the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan/Wadi Hilwa. Photo: TMK, June 2009.

As archaeological sites go, few are as contested as Jerusalem. The website “From Shiloah to Silwan: An Alternative Archaeological Tour of Ancient Jerusalem” presents an important contrasting narrative to that promoted by the City of David Archaeological Park, the archaeological site-cum-theme park south of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount that is operated by a Jewish NGO with its own political agenda. When I visited, the site was packed with Israeli school children changing into swimming trunks to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. An immersive journey into nationhood indeed.

See also “Elad seeks approval for new construction project in City of David” (Haaretz, 23 July 2009) and the website of the Wadi Hilwah Information Centre.

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