Written by: Joshua HammerAs Israeli archaeologists recover artifacts from the Temple Mount-a site revered by three religious faiths-ancient history inflames modern-day political tensions
My stint as an amateur archaeologist began one morning on the southern slope of Mount Scopus, a hill on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem. Inside a large hothouse covered in plastic sheets and marked 'Temple Mount Salvage Operation,' a woman from Boston named Frankie Snyder-a volunteer turned staffer-led me to three rows of black plastic buckerts, each half-filled with stones and pebbles, then pointed out a dozen wood-framed screens mounted on plastic stands.
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