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By John Laughlin

Archaeology and the Bible examines new advancements in archaeological unearths within the close to East, rather Palestine, which are with regards to the Bible. more recent box methodologies, neighborhood surveys and inventive syntheses have all had an impression on conventional methods to taking a look at those discoveries. John C. H. Laughlin examines those new advancements and discusses what they suggest for bible study.

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Depending upon the goals of the excavator, the kind of site being excavated and the computer programs being utilized, everything from descriptive analysis of all artifacts recorded to “analytical” or “inferential statistics” is possible (Longstaff 1997). It is also now possible to create plans and add photographs and video recordings directly into the computer. Architects and surveyors As already noted (above, p. 7 It should always be remembered that relatively few people actually dig a site. When the dig is completed, all that is left of the site are holes (hopefully in the shape of “squares”) in the ground, and even these, unless considerable effort is put forth for preservation, will soon be completely unrecognizable from vegetational growth and erosion.

Once this has been established by careful probing, the use of modern earth-moving equipment can save countless and boring hours of having to remove this material by hand. But this is only an exception that proves the rule. Most excavating must be done by hand. Subtle changes in soil composition, superimposed floor levels, foundation trenches for walls, countless small objects and many other data would be completely destroyed and lost using only mechanical equipment. The common sense of the excavator and the particularities and research objectives of each unique excavation should play a decisive role here.

A. Mazar, in his The Neolithic through the Early Bronze Age 43 recent survey of this period, concluded: “Thus it appears that the material culture of E B I Palestine was an intermingling of new features – originating in Syria, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia – with elements rooted in the local culture of the preceding period” (1990: 105; cf. Gophna 1995). Nevertheless, there is a growing body of data that indicate that indigenous elements played a much larger role than was believed just a few short years ago.

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