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  • From Destruction to Preservation

    Katharina Galor

    Chapter from the book: Galor, K. 2017. Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology between Science and Ideology.


    This chapter delves into the timely interest in the multifaceted cultural heritage of Jerusalem, heightened among others by the recent international lawsuits questioning the ownership of antiquities worldwide. Though Jerusalem’s cultural legacy had been recognized as significant in the context of world heritage long before the beginning of archaeological exploration, it was not until 1981 that the Old City was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. In spite of the international involvement in Jerusalem’s cultural heritage management, however, Israeli forces continue to operate with apparent autonomy. Destruction and preservation policies appear to reflect domestic political rivalries rather than global heritage legacies. This chapter investigates the roles that the IAA, the Waqf, and UNESCO—as well as several additional Israeli, Palestinian, and international organizations—have played in the forming of cultural heritage perceptions and preservation programs. The chapter clarifies the complex administrative governance of the city’s cultural legacies in the context of two differing approaches: the excavation and possibly intrusive intervention in the case of underground sites, and the largely restorative, surface work involved in the built heritage, whether domestic or monumental.

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    Galor, K. 2017. From Destruction to Preservation. In: Galor, K, Finding Jerusalem. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.29.d

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    Published on March 24, 2017