By Neil Asher Silberman, David Small

This not easy quantity bargains a well timed and huge evaluate of the present country of archaeology in Israel. Contributed by way of major students, the essays specialise in present difficulties and state of the art concerns, starting from reports of ongoing excavations to new analytical techniques. Of curiosity not just to archaeologists, yet to social historians to boot, the themes comprise archaeology and social historical past, archaeology and ethnicity, in addition to the overarching factor of ways texts and archaeological wisdom are to be mixed within the reconstruction of historic Israel.

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Hall, M. 1984 'The Burden of Tribalism: The Social Context of Southern African Iron Age Studies', American Antiquity 49: 455-67. 30 The Archaeology of Israel Hodder, I. 1982 Symbols in Action (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Klesert, A. and S. Powell 1993 'A Perspective on Ethics and the Reburial Controversy', American Antiquity 58: 348-54. , and C. Fawcett 1995 Nationalism, Politics, and the Practice of Archaeology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Kosso, P. 1995 Epistemic Independence between Textual and Material Evidence', in Methods in the Mediterranean: Historical and Archaeological Views on Texts and Archaeology (ed.

Their work in the present was cast in a different light. Their history was revealed to them and they saw it with their own eyes (quoted in Silberman 1993: 26). The enthusiasm at Beit Alpha, from all we know, was unprecedented in the history of the Zionist enterprise. Earlier pioneers—in the first and second wave of immigration—had barely been moved by the charm of antique sites or objects. They felt little need for buried proofs of the past to uphold their claims of the present. Self-conscious about their historic roles, many of them were men of letters, inveterate diarists, polemicists, endlessly writing editorials, manifestos, essays, and pamphlets.

This is, perhaps, as it should be. And yet mistakes in attribution are common in art, too. The big question we must always ask is, Was the mistake caused by ideology? Excessive claims are also made in physics and in all other exact sciences. They are often made in order to raise money to support further research. In the philosophy of science it is common to distinguish between contexts of discovery and justification. We all have the right to pursue what we want to pursue, and to explore the buried past and eventually dig it up—the discovery.

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