Writ­ten in stone

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

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

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