There are plans for a new excavation project in Jerusalem. Excavation groups will dig beneath the Old City, creating tunnels underground to expose archaeological treasures. While there are already many tunnels beneath the Holy City, this project will expand the existing pathways, opening up the city below to historical findings and tourist attractions.
Jerusalem has vastly expanded in the 7,000 years of its existence. Including, in the past two decades, downwards.
Beneath the Old City, one can already walk hundreds of meters underground, pray in subterranean spaces of worship and see shows in subterranean caverns and halls. There are plans in place to dramatically increase this area – essentially, restoring the true ancient city beneath the visible one. Jerusalem 2.0, below ground...
Regular vertical excavation meticulously peels away strata from top to bottom. Excavation in tunnels, a common method in the 19th century, penetrates whatever strata in the middle. According to modern archaeological methodology, this method is controversial at best.
That said, Prof. Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, who headed most of the City of David excavations up until five years ago, claims it suitable in this case. There's nothing much but dirt above the tunnels, he explains, and here, the tunnels aren't new ones – they are ancient structures being emptied by the archaeologists.
Whatever the case, the upshot is a subterranean world in the City of David national park.