190 years ago, a German tourist named Westphal visited Jerusalem and sketched a map of the city. German and Israeli researchers examining the cartography of 19th-century Palestine recently rediscovered the map in a Berlin archive, providing a rare glimpse at the early stage of Jerusalem mapping. This second-earliest modern map of the city provides a correct outline of the boundaries and structures with keen precision according to Chaim Goren, a historical geographer at the Tel Hai Academic College. The earliest known survey map of Jerusalem that employed trigonometric calculations in conjunction with geographic and topographic data was drafted in 1818.
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Robert Littman and Jay Silverstein
Explore an Egyptian excavation. Meet Kufti archaeologists, explore ancient streets and the mudbricks that shaped them and dive into the port of Alexandria.
Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
The exhibit Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World at the Israel Museum features a dozen masks that date to the pre-pottery Neolithic B period (8300 – 5500 B.C.E.) and come from the Judean Hills and Wilderness.
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Reviewed by Nitza Rosovsky
Nitza Rosovsky reviews "Tourists, Travellers, and Hotels in Nineteenth-Century Jerusalem" edited by Shimon Gibson, Yoni Shapira and Rupert L. Chapman III.