As for what the grenade was doing in the wall, Yoram Saad, head of the Implementation Branch of the IAA Conservation Department, said in the press release, “The stone was partially crushed and someone probably chose it as a place to hide the hand grenade.”
Even at 100 years old, the grenade is a relatively modern reminder of Turkish rule over the city. The current Old City walls were originally built by the Turkish Ottoman leader Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th Century.
Those walls are in need of refurbishing and preserving, so as part of the Jerusalem City Walls Project, the IAA said work is being done to conserve and rehabilitate the walls “in response to the effects of destruction, neglect and weathering that the walls have incurred over the years.” The project included “careful preparations” as part of a multi-year program.
Posted on July 9, 2010
Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, July 8, 2010)
Photo Credit: Israel Anbtiquities Authority
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