However, a few days after damage was reported in the area caused by construction works carried out on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Shay Bar from Haifa University, who took over the work of publishing the site’s findings after Zertal’s death in 2015, stressed that several factors support his thesis, even if much more work is needed before he can give a definitive answer.Regarding the reported damage to the site:
The damage was caused by workers who were building a road connecting the town of Asira ash-Shamaliya with the nearby Palestinian city of Nablus.Good. President Rivlin has also asked the IDF to investigate.
The municipality has apologized for the damage which it said was accidental.
It could be that the Book of Joshua remembered the building of an altar (if that's what it is) on this spot many centuries before. Such things happen.
In perhaps thematically related news, over at the Anxious Bench, Philip Jenkins notes new discoveries that seem to vindicate Geoffrey of Monmouth's claim that Stonehenge was originally built in Wales and was later moved to its current location in England. Did Geoffrey, the famous fake news historian, have a genuine tradition going back to 3000 BCE? Maybe.
Background on the altar on Mount Ebal is here and links.
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