Written in stone
Regarding “Archeology in Israel is more than a dig” (Above the Fold, February 13), in an archaeology course many years ago, I heard the head of archaeology for the southern region repeat to us over and over again that Israel had more than 30,000 archeological sites – and only 250 had been excavated.
We have such a little piece of Jewish earth here, such a tiny land – but many miles deep in history! Facts on the ground! We are uncovering the hidden treasures of the sand here on our bridge between three continents. For thousands of years, traders, merchants and people from all over the earth came, conquered and left, leaving behind priceless remnants. No one can rewrite our history – it is written in stone!
As a licensed Israeli tour guide, I tell my groups: “So you think you came to Israel, the Holy Land, to be a pilgrim. But today you will learn a new profession and become an amateur archaeologist.” Everyone smiles. HELA TAMIR Neve Ilan