"WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you found?" is the most common question that people ask of an archeologist when he returns from an expedition. The inquirer usually recalls pictures of objects from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, or of the Royal Cemetery at Ur, or perhaps even of the Dead Sea scrolls. But if one were to look for museum objects that have intrinsic value apart from their historical context, one certainly would not choose to dig in Palestine, whose peoples throughout history have been relatively poor when compared with the inhabitants of Egypt or Mesopotamia. Furthermore, the more humid climate of Palestine helps to destroy what was once buried.
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