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Underground Jerusalem

Miklat - Underground Community Shelter - 2010 GPR Study

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Mixed in with the ancient sites in Jerusalem are many community bomb shelters; such a shelter is known in Hebrew as a "miklat". Since many of these are underground and generally not in use, it affords an opportunity amidst a busy urban center to examine with GPR (ground penetrating radar) areas well beneath the surface. In one such area we were able to do a 200 MHz survey which could "look" beneath the level of usual city noise down to about 15 meters deep.

GPR Study of Miklat - Underground Community Shleter

In June 2010, led by Dr. Jessie Pincus of Texas A&M, our survey team acquired GPR data in a small community shelter not far from many tourist sites such as the Burnt House, the Wohl Museum, the Siebenberg Museum, and others where Temple Period archaeological sites have been excavated. Below is a view 10-12 meters deep (about 30-36 feet) where a clear signal lets us see anomalies well below street level. Tied in with other known facts (for example see this street map) the puzzle of the unknown history of the Old City can be further analyzed. Post-processing analysis will reveal a more complete explanation of the anomalies that can be seen, which will be elsewhere published.

First Look GPR View of Miklat - Underground Community Shelter
First Look GPR View of Miklat - Underground Community Shelter

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