Bible and archaeology news
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.”
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