In Arutz Sheva (Israel National News):
Israel is planning a major archaeological dig under the Western Wall plaza… The excavations will create an archaeological park directly underneath the area where worshippers currently stand while praying. The current prayer area will remain open, supported by pillars, while a new area will be added underneath, at the level at which worshippers at the ancient Temple stood in the past.
In other words, archaeologists are going to excavate below the present level of the Western Wall (formerly known as the ‘Wailing’ Wall) to uncover the level from the 1st Century A.D. – Jesus’ time. The area immediately south of the Western Wall was excavated to that level some years ago.
The full story includes a link to an artist’s conception of what the plaza should look like with its two levels. I believe this would be fascinating place to visit, but some Muslims will not be happy. We’ll see if this goes off without too much violence.
HT: Jim Davila (PaleoJudaica)