Biblical Archaeology Review 20:3, May/June 1994

Memorandum Re: Restoring Gezer

This is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Israel, yet it is rarely visited even by aficionados because it is so difficult to get to—unmarked and neglected.

By Hershel Shanks

To: Israel Gilad, Director General, Israel National Parks Authority

From: Hershel Shanks, Editor, BAR

You are really missing a good bet!

You are supporting and financing the excavation and restoration of two important Roman-period sites in Israel because they have great tourist potential and because the influx of new immigrants, mostly from the former Soviet Union, provides a labor pool that would otherwise be unemployed. The sites are Caesarea,a on the Mediterranean coast, and Beth-Shean,b in the Jordan Valley just south of the Sea of Galilee.

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