BAR 21:06, Nov/Dec 1995
Jerusalem Down Under: Tunneling Along Herods Temple Mount Wall
Between 1968 and 1982 and from 1985 to the present, Israels Ministry of Religious Affairs has exposed over 900 feet of the western wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by digging a tunnel underneath the structures above. During much of that time I was the Israel Antiquities Authoritys District Archaeologist for Jerusalem. That is how, after resigning from the IAA, I became the archaeologist of the site.
It was not your usual excavation, to say the least. But the results have been highly enlightening.
For example, the famous vault, or arch, that we know as Wilsons Arch, long thought to have been built by Herod the Great, turned out to have been built by the Arab rulers of Jerusalem in the seventh-eighth century C.E.