Archaeological excavations south and west of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have generated interest worldwide. This article, written from an archaeologist's point of view, explains in simple terms what is being done there and describes some of the dramatic finds. To the public eye, archaeology is often glamorized as a search for hidden treasure or as man's quest for forgotten splendors. The recent exhibition, from Egypt, of King Tutankhamen's tomb furnishings in the British Museum vividly points this up. Miles of awestruck people moved by the exhibit, gazing at a tiny reflection of the golden glory unearthed from ages past. But more important than exhibits is the reconstruction of cities or whole societies of the past. Indeed, this is the real "gold" for which archaeologists give their energy and lives in research and excavation. What is this "gold" worth? What can we learn from uncovering the past - especially Jerusalem's past?
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