Category Archives: destruction

Beauty among ashes

By now it is nothing unusual at Tell Halif to come down on floors with plenty of pottery remains. Only, this one was a few centimetres higher than we expected. We were quite excited when we found it, especially as … Continue reading

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Disaster Archaeology

Christchurch 2013: Subsequent to the earthquake on 22 February 2011 the building at 1 Plover Street, Christchurch, was demolished (Figure 1 and Figure 2). On 14 October 2013 the New Zealand Historic Places Trust issued an emergency authority (2014/353eq) under … Continue reading

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Development and the destruction of heritage

The construction of new buildings, roads, utilities and farming ventures – development – undoubtedly brings the greatest destruction to archaeological remains. Not only does development destroy what may still be left in the ground, it also alters the landscape, so … Continue reading

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Leisure and the destruction of heritage

My last post noted the destruction of archaeological sites by treasure hunting. But there are other ways, such as leisure activities. In recent years two wheeled leisure activities have gained popularity in Israel: cycling and motor-cross. There are far more … Continue reading

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Um Lakis and the destruction of heritage

The site of Um Lakis in southern Israel is known among archaeological circles only for the fact that here William Flinders Petrie conducted the first excavation for the Palestine Exploration Fund. He was trying to find the ancient city of … Continue reading

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