Friday, June 11, 2010

Northern Hinnom Excavations

A month ago, I noted an excavation in the northern Hinnom Valley of Jerusalem that was investigated and photographed by Tom Powers.  The architecture was partly obscured in those photographs by tarps. 

Reader Roi Brit passed the area a few days ago and noted that the excavation appears to have stopped and the tarps have been removed.  Craig Dunning has sent some photographs he took this morning.

View of excavations, looking north

View of excavations, looking south.  The artisans’ quarter is visible in the background. 

Close-up of excavations

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Jerusalem from southwest.  Area of excavations is circled in red.

If anyone knows more about what we’re looking at, let us know.

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  • This is the excavation in which a portion of the aquaduct bridge crossing the Hinnom Valley, reported by Schick in the 19th cent. but not seen since then, has been found. Reports on the excavation appeared in the press a few weeks ago.

    By Blogger aren maeir, at Sat Jun 12, 01:33:00 PM  

  • Aren - I think this is different. There have been several recent excavations (some with announcements) that are easy to confuse. As best as I can tell:

    1. The aqueduct discovered in the Jaffa Gate area, previously noted by Schick. For more, see here:

    2. The 14th century aqueduct excavated in the Hinnom Valley which was photographed in the early 1900s and which is south of the Artists' Quarter. For more, see here:

    3. The excavation depicted in the photo which is in the Hinnom Valley but north of the Artists' Quarter.

    In any case, there is clearly more here than an aqueduct.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Sat Jun 12, 08:40:00 PM  

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