Who is Digging at Mt. Zion (But Not the Temple Mount)?

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem. He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History. He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes. He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals. He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word....

If you go here you be introduced to a new archeological dig at Mt. Zion.  An even better site, a daily blog, is here.

And although, as you'll see, the dig is sponsored by the University of North Carolina, it is also under the auspices of an organization called the Jesus Dynasty.  Is this scientific archeology or theological geneology?

I am not going to take sides just yet until I know more, but, nevertheless, is this a precedent that Jews seeking to dig at the Temple Mount could use?