Friday, February 08, 2019

Latest from Temple Mount Sifting Project

THE TEMPLE MOUNT SIFTING PROJECT BLOG has put up a couple of new posts:

• French Film Answers the UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution.

A Jerusalem Post article from last month deals with the resolution(s) in question: UNESCO’S JERUSALEM RESOLUTIONS MAY BE REVIVED AFTER EXIT BY ISRAEL, US. PA calls for fact-finding mission into ‘Israeli aggression’ and ‘colonial plans’ (Tovah Lazaroff). For more on the withdrawal of Israel and the U.S.A. from UNESCO, see here and links.

• Not as you thought: The most significant archaeological work is in the lab and not at the dig….
As opposed to salvage excavations, in an academic excavation the main core of the archaeological work is carried out in the lab and not in the field. The average yearly excavation work consists of around a month of excavation on site; the remainder of the year is taken up with studying and processing the finds in the lab. In the case of the finds from the Temple Mount Sifting Project, the challenge of processing the material is more difficult since the artifacts were not uncovered in-situ, and hence we need to apply complex statistical calculations in our research with the aim of reconstructing the original context of the more frequent finds.

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