Who Really Built Jerusalem's Historic Terraces?

A new study says that most of the agricultural terraces surrounding Jerusalem were built during the Ottoman era. But critics are taking steps to counter the findings.

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A aerial view of the world-famous, green terrace at Battir.
How green (and old) was my valley? The world-famous terrace at Battir.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
The terraces in the Palestinian village of Battir, south of Jerusalem. Built during the Ottoman era?Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
The terraces of Battir, 2012.Credit: Michal Fattal
Palestinian farmer Elayan Shami, 62, plants eggplants in his field in the West Bank village of Battir, May 6, 2012.Credit: AP

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