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Facts on the GroundArchaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society$
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Nadia Abu El-Haj

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226001944

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226002156.001.0001

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Extending Sovereignty

Extending Sovereignty

(p.163) 7 Extending Sovereignty
Facts on the Ground
University of Chicago Press

Following Israel's capture of the Old City in June 1967, a series of expropriation and demolition orders prepared the ground for the excavations and the colonial urbanism to come, thus adding new destruction layers to those produced during the 1948 war. In designing and building the new Jewish Quarter, standing and partly destroyed buildings were partially restored and reconstructed as ruins in order to memorialize more recent histories of destruction, and older stones were integrated into modern architectural forms in order to embody temporal depth. Insofar as archaeology was an integral part of this project to build a new Jewish Quarter, archaeological remains themselves were made. Ancient ruins were subsequently integrated into the contemporary urban design. These new phenomena, produced through archaeological practice, came to restructure the real, extending the boundaries of Jewish national-territorial claims that emerged as taken for granted in the decades to come.

Keywords:   Old City, colonial urbanism, Jewish Quarter, archaeological remains, archaeological practice, urban design

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