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such as pottery, paleography, art, etc. the Cassell’s
Introducing
Archaeology Series,
M. Avi-Yonah general editor, 1973, is to be
highly commended. One is very hardpressed, however, to recom-
mend any good volumes on science and archaeology tha t per-
tain to Eretz Israel. In the main, it is the pre-historian and
anthropologist who have made the most significant strides in
this area. Brian Fagan’s excellent new book,
In the Beginning:
An Introduction to Archaeology,
1978, may serve as a con-
venient starting po in t for those who desire familiarity with the
“new archaeology” as it has emerged in New World circles.
I t also׳ has an excellent bibliography.
In conclusion, let me say quite candidly how difficult it is to
find one’s way in this field as a novice. Hopefully, this essay
will help ease the burden for some. Libraries still do not know
what to do with much that is published in the field of Pales-
tinology since it includes history, art, biblical studies and tech-
nical reports of all kinds. Only rarely will an American uni-
versify successfully catalogue the materials which are relevant
to tha field of the archaeology of Eretz Israel. Much of it will
wind up in anthropology, some in the museums, a good deal in
theology or divinity. But this only suggests the great variety
of creative work being encompassed by this exciting scholarly
endeavor today and indicates the kind of job facing those who
are concerned with improving the situation for North American
students. For advanced research, however, there is still no place
like Jerusalem, where the greatest collections of books in
Palestinian archaeology are still under one roof and in one city.