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Just Past? : the Making of Israeli Archaeology.

Author: Raz Kletter
Publisher: London : Equinox Publishing Limited, Oakville : David Brown Book Company, The [distributor] Dec. 2005 ;
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the last decade substantive changes have occurred in the way that archaeology is conducted in the 'Holy Land' as indeed throughout the Near East but one thing never seems to change: archaeology in Israel/Palestine always takes on a political dimension. This book tells the story of the creation of Israeli Archaeology in the 1950s and early 1960s. Unlike other books on the archaeology of the 'holy-land', it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Kletter, Raz.
Just Past? : The Making of Israeli Archaeology.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Raz Kletter
ISBN: 9781317491361 131749136X
OCLC Number: 870412293
Target Audience: College Audience
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of illustrations; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1 Archaeology and the 1948 War; 2 Abandoned places, new places; 3 Foreign aid; 4 Frozen funds; 5 A battalion of guards; 6 Relief work; 7 Man robs his land: ""agreement"" with General Dayan; 8 ""Gold of Ophir for Beth-Horon"": 3,000 shekels; 9 The building beyond the border: the PAM, 1948-67; 10 A building of dreams: a home for the IDAM and the origins of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; 11 A dead man on the council: the story of the supreme archaeological body in Israel. 12 ""But trust comes from the heart"": travels with the Government Tourist Corporation13 ""Whether in a courtyard of a synagogue, in a courtyard adjacent to a synagogue, or under a synagogue"": the Safad affair; 14 The policy of salvage and early Israeli excavations; 15 Myths and conclusions; Appendix: other documents from the IDAM files; Bibliography; Author index; Index.

Abstract:

During the last decade substantive changes have occurred in the way that archaeology is conducted in the 'Holy Land' as indeed throughout the Near East but one thing never seems to change: archaeology in Israel/Palestine always takes on a political dimension. This book tells the story of the creation of Israeli Archaeology in the 1950s and early 1960s. Unlike other books on the archaeology of the 'holy-land', it isn't just a chronological parade of important excavations and nice finds, but a history of intrigues, budgets, failures and, above all, dreams. The book is based on documentary material, often from obscure periodicals in Hebrew, as well as thousands of original documents never published before. It is the first large scale publication using preliminary archival material about Israeli archaeology. It is also an independent study that reflects the author's personal views. The documents reveal a surprising picture. Much has been written about archaeology in Palestine during the Ottoman and British Mandate periods but very little exists about Israeli archaeology after 1948. Archival documents have not been treated and biographies of Israeli archaeologists are rare and not critical. Obituaries are short and, naturally, positive The regular products of archaeological writing-excavation and survey reports and the like are focussed on specific topics and thus not helpful for examining the larger picture. Criticisms are also rare, almost always limited to very narrow arenas: the political place within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the accusation about the "Biblical Archaeology" bias We read much about the "myth of Masada", for example, but nothing about why, by whom and when was the decision made to start excavations at Masada, who gave the budget and how Yadin became the excavator. Uniquely this book gets to the heart of such decisions and the political circumstances in which they were made. In recounting the history of archaeology in Israel, the author argues that any community focused on the study of some distant human past must also acknowledge its own roots; its genesis. Without knowing the origins and history of Israeli archaeology, there can be no open-minded evaluation of it. R. Kletter has worked at the Israeli Antiquities Authority since 1990 and is a member of the IAA editorial board. He has participated and carried out dozens of excavations in Israel and lectured at Haifa and Beer-Sheba Universities. He has published extensively on Bronze and Iron Age archaeology and Biblical archaeology.

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