During the pandemic a major effort that included salvage excavations transformed the southern Armenian Garden from a mound of dirt into a large paved parking lot. Here is what changed.
Another great read Chandler. I really appreciate your careful and clear writing style with the detailed points of orientation. The depth of information you provide is always objective and enlightening, but presented in such that a novice like me can understand. The “before and after” photos are extremely helpful. I enjoyed learning about this in your class and your article has helped me greatly. As you said, I wish the team could have gone deeper.
I have visited Jerusalem a few times and always wondered about this area. I never did get back to researching it. Sad to see it change, but appreciate the info and especially the photos. A real blessing. Thanks.
Chandler: So is the mosaic floor unearthed by the excavation now paved over?? Joel Kramer has a video on his Youtube channel that shows the mosaic uncovered. I was hoping they would leave the mosaic uncovered instead of paved over. Thanks for the content.
Wow, that is quite a difference. Although it looked like they really needed parking, it seems that they would have been more interested in what was found there instead of where they might park their cars. It was a nice view before and appeared to be fairly elevated on a hill. I would describe the City of David as being on a hill, as it was the same hill that Abraham took Isaac. I'm curious as to what the round studs in the wall are for or could have supported. I was reading earlier today about Herod placing a gold eagle on one of the gate entrances and wondered if that could have been how or where it was secured. I'd love to see that mosaic. Such a shame more attention wasn't given to the site. Thanks for posting.
Do you have a rough estimate as to when the IAA report will be published based on your experience with these things?