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British Archaeologists Plan Excavations in Ruins of Old City of Jerusalem

British archaeologists will soon begin excavations in the ruined Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, it was disclosed here today.

At the annual meeting of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, held at the British Academy, it was announced that the purpose of the excavations was to improve on the “fragmentary” knowledge of the city’s long history.

Miss M. K. Kenyon, director of the school, said that the destruction of the Jewish quarter in 1948 during Israel’s war of independence provided an opportunity which must not be missed. She said that archaeologists had been investigating the remains of Jerusalem for nearly 100 years. According to Miss. Kenyon, the remains are highly fragmented and complicated as one city had been built on top of another and many of them had been violently destroyed.