Vester, pp. 212–3. Although the traditional site of David’s Tomb is on Mount Zion, the renowned French archaeologist and diplomat Charles Clermont-Ganneau suggested that the huge bend in Hezekiah’s Tunnel was made to avoid the authentic tombs of David and Solomon above it, see Shanks, pp. 66–70. This too might have been an objective of the Parker Expedition, but the facts of the matter are unclear. In any case, the Jewish community was clearly suspicious of Parker, and exerted what influence it had to prevent any damage to this important site.