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"The main excavations of the Umayyad and Byzantine ruins at the Mugrabi area will begin in a couple of days, and if we are patient enough, in five or six months time we could find Second Temple period ruins" to add to what has already been discoved in the adjacent archelogical park, Baruch added.
there is a temple of Baal
Originally posted by timski
post id: 1606728)
..The Rock has been under Islamic custodian-ship since the 6-Day war, and have since commenced 're-construction' work to further extend the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and have also continued to build yet another Mosque on the site under the current structures in where is called the 'Stables of Solomon'.This has led to an increasing structural instability of the whole site, with recent reports of bulges appearing in the southern and Western walls, due to the excavation and undermining of this unstable structure, as it happens to sit not on solid bedrock, but on an accumulation of compacted rubble from previous ancient structures and artificial man-made foundations.
As recently as 2004, a small earthquake meauring approx 3.5 on the Richter scale shook the Jordanian fault-line that passes through this whole region, and the city of Jerusalem itself, resulting in a collapse of a section of the Western Wailing wall..easy for anyone to figure that a destabilized ancient building sitting atop a vulnrable fault-line will either be badly damaged or destroyed by even a moderate tremor
(historical and religious context of the site)
(geological survey of temple mount and weak foundations)
(current structural problems)
(partial collapse of western wall and imminent collapse of portion of southern wall due to earthquake in feb 2004)
There is a very real danger that any further excavations on the Temple Mount site could cause a significant part of the structure to collape...