By Miri -
Much of Palestine's/Israel's appeal to tourists stems from it constituting the claimed historical site of many of the stories of the holy scriptures and tourists come in flocks to see the numerous excavation sites, many of which seem to confirm the narrative of the bible. But can the material remains that archaeologists have discovered, interpreted, selected and arranged in front of us, always be taken as representing one objective truth? Hardly. Like many other disciplines, archaeology is often cloaked behind a facade of empirical objectivity, but like those other disciplines, also archaeology should be regarded as "a process influenced by the aims of its practitioners, who are, in turn, deeply affected by contemporary intellectual, social and political agendas."
|Excavation in Palestine, ca. 1930|
|View at Silwan|
|Entrance to the City of David Archaeological Park|
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