Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Israel 10 - Archaeology

Without passing any comment whatsoever on the politics of the area...

One thing I found really striking was that at almost every archaeological site we visited (rather than churches which had been there for 1700 years), the archaeology started shortly after the modern state of Israel took control of the area. So lots started in the late 1940s and early 50s. In the West Bank, which Israel only got control of in 1967, the archaeology all started in the late 60s. And in Jerusalem, the archaeology was being done almost entirely by Jews and opposed by Arabs. Certainly interesting...

In other news, I'm far too busy at the moment.

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