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Photograph by Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic
National Geographic Magazine
December 2019
Under Jerusalem
By Andrew Lawler
New excavations reveal the ancient city – and stoke modern tensions
Photograph by Simon Norfolk

Controversial digs under the Israeli capital are revealing millennia of religious and cultural treasures – and complicated politics that extend below ground into a labyrinth of history. 

Also in the December 2019 edition of National Geographic:

The Meandering Mississippi striking laser photography shows the mighty river like never before
The History of Plastic from trainers to tyres, how convenience became a curse 
Saving Africa's Parks a special report from the continent's lesser-known wild places 
The Tiger Next Door Inside the murky world of the big cat pets that outnumber the worldwide wild.


The Lure of Cold Places | Buzz Saw Sharks | The Melting Himalaya

Find online articles relating to Jerusalem here


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