Jerusalem (Jul. 20)
Pressure by the ultra-Orthodox community of Jerusalem halted the archaeological work at the City of David which is considered the most important archaeological site in the country. The work at the site was to have begun last week.
The ultra-Orthodox Jews staged protests at the site, protesting that the excavations were to be carried out in an ancient Jewish cemetery. Work was suspended pending a resolution of the conflict. The site includes a pyramid-like structure apparently dating from King Solomon’s time. There is speculation whether the structure was connected with the citadel of the ancient city, or served as royal tombs of the House of David.