Project Maps Ancient Tombstones on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives

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Elad, the Jerusalem-based group that operates the City of David archaeological park, has begun a new initiative to map, photograph and record all of the Jewish tombstones from the Mount of Olives, some of which may date back several millennia. The project, which started in 2008, has so far recorded the location and names from more than 40,000 graves. The team locates the graves using aerial photographs, centuries-old documents describing who is buried where, and by methodically walking through the age-old cemetery of 150,000 graves. “This place has been used for burial since there have been signs of life in Jerusalem,” said Moti Shamis, a member of the mapping team. “The cemetery is a mirror of the city—in wartime, we see more graves. When new groups of Jews reach the city, the names on the graves change.”

Project Maps Ancient Tombstones on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives

Elad, the Jerusalem-based group that operates the City of David archaeological park, has begun a new initiative to map, photograph and record all of the Jewish tombstones from the Mount of Olives, some of which may date back several millennia.

 

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  1. Robert says

    Why not all the tombstones?

    This is history, and it involves more than just their own.

  2. Michael says

    I’m glad they are making a map…too bad we don’t have one with this article. :-)

  3. BA says

    Concerning the age old tombstones, just how old is the Holy city?. Stated in the article, the tombstones have in place since there was life in the city, so what ages are we suggesting for the city and tombstones?


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