2007-NOV-29: Israeli says elusive biblical wall found: A team of
archeologists in Jerusalem led by Eilat Mazar, head of the Institute of
Archaeology at the Shalem Center, has uncovered what they believe to be a
wall mentioned in the book of Nehemiah, chapters 3 to 6. They were
attempting to stabilize a tower which was in danger of collapsing. They
found pottery shards, arrowheads and other artifacts under the tower and a
nearby wall that they dated to the 5th century BCE, the time of Nehemiah.
Regan Doherty of the Associated Press wrote:
"Ephraim Stern, professor emeritus of archaeology at Hebrew
University and chairman of the Archaeological Council, corroborated Mazar's
claim. 'The material she showed me is from the Persian period," the
period of Nehemiah, he said. "I can sign on the date of the material she
"Another scholar disputed the significance of the discovery. Israel
Finkelstein, professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, called the
discovery 'an interesting find,' but said the pottery and other remains
do not indicate that the wall was built in the time of Nehemiah. Because
the debris was not connected to a floor or other structural part of the
wall, the wall could have been built later, Finkelstein said."
" 'The wall could have been built, theoretically, in the Ottoman
period,' he said. 'It's not later than the pottery that's all we
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