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Live Zoom Presentation: Hidden in Plain Sight – The Missing Tel of Beth Shemesh with Boaz Gross – VP, Israeli Institute of Archaeology and Expedition Director

For more than a century, the ancient site of Tel Beth Shemesh had been excavated by several expeditions, all focusing their attention on the ancient core of the site and ignoring its surroundings. It took a development plan to expand a highway to nudge archaeologists to explore the remains to the east of the ancient mound, and to discover missing links that misled scholars for decades. The presentation will explore the new discoveries of the massive salvage excavations that took place on the Tel, and discuss the way research paradigms are created, challenges in preservation vs development in antiquity and population dense regions and the ideologies that often shape our understanding of the past.

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