Thursday, May 10, 2018

NIS 60 million for the archaeology of Jerusalem

ARCHAEOLOGY, POLITICS, AND MONEY: Culture Ministry earmarks NIS 60m for Jerusalem archaeology digs, preservation. Excavations in and around the City of David to be bolstered by two-year government grant (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).
According to the Israel Hayom report, the Culture Ministry says it aims, with this grant, to “empower Jerusalem as an international center of religion, heritage, culture and tourism” through the excavation, research and development of ancient Jerusalem archaeology.

“For the first time in decades, the Israeli government has initiated excavations that will expose ancient Jerusalem’s antiquities and will express the history of the Jewish people 3,000 years ago,” said [Cultural Minister Miri] Regev.
Reportedly, the Israel Antiquities Authority is pleased.

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