Tuesday, November 15, 2005

TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Archaeologist Dan Bahat lectured at the University of Connecticut on his recent excavation of a tunnel under the Western Wall.
Archaeologist brings Temple Mount within audience's reach

By Lauren Klein
Special Correspondent (Stamford Advocate)

Published November 14 2005


Bahat, former chief archaeologist of Jerusalem, spoke about the 1,600-foot tunnel running under the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount. He and his team have been excavating the tunnels since 1985.

The lecture, "The Secrets of the Tunnels of Ancient Jerusalem," was co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic & Middle Eastern Studies at UConn, Temple Beth El in Stamford and the Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County.


Bahat highlighted his findings of massive stones used to build the first and second temples; remains of the Herodian road that ran alongside the Temple Mount; and a Hasmonean-period aqueduct that was blocked by King Herod the Great's construction of the Western Wall in about the 1st century, B.C.E


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