This chapter begins with an analysis of the practices and records of the major Jerusalem excavations, and subsequently turns to reexamine the significance of those excavations from the perspectives of larger processes of territorial transformation involved in making a new urban landscape, and the multiple uses and (re)interpretations of archaeology's objects in museums and by tour guides. Focusing on these interlocking fields of practice makes it possible to illustrate how the work of archaeology transformed truths in Jerusalem's Old City, setting new coordinates for historic and contemporary realities within which claims to the present and future have been formulated and framed.
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