digging of a new trench, which began only yesterday, has already reached a
length of more than
begins at the Northern edge of the Dome of the Rock plateau, connecting this
new trench to a previous trench that was recently dug here. It abuts the North
edge of the plateau, turns South, and continues along
the plateau’s Eastern edge, in an area that is considered by most scholars, to
be the location of the
No archeologist, under any circumstances, would have approved the use of a tractor in such a sensitive archaeological location. When brutally unearthed, earth strata and archaeological finds, totally loose their context, and delicate relics are destroyed. It doesn't matter at all if there is or isn't an archaeological supervisor present in such a dig. Under such conditions, there is absolutely no possibility of conducting any sort of professional supervision, which naturally would include: section drawings, registration of loci and finds and sifting samples of the soil.
In certain sections of the trench, some engraved stone fragments were seen in the soil that had been dug up and cast aside.
Following is a video that shows the use of a JCB tractor digging the trench.
The route of the trench (marked in red)
Sections of the trench north of the plateau
Sections of the trench east of the plateau
Architectural engraved stones that were removed from the trench
The Waqf council demanding that we not take any photographs of the work