Archaeology in Judea and Samaria 30 years after the Oslo Accords

Mordechay Lash, Yossi Goldstein, Itzhaq Shai

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This article examines the trends in archaeological research and the state of conservation of archaeological sites in Judea and Samaria between 1993 and 2022. The absence of Palestinian-Israeli cooperation resulted in the establishment of two parallel bodies that have been responsible for the issue, with no connection between them. In the Israeli-controlled territory, academic involvement declined with only a handful of new excavations. In the Palestinian-controlled territory, many new studies were conducted with foreign assistance, primarily to strengthen Palestinian national identity. An assessment of the state of conservation indicates significant damage as a result of development and antiquities theft. In this region, where the future remains uncertain, relics of the past and the research of these relics appear to have sustained irreversible damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-913
Number of pages19
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Archaeology
  • Department of Antiquities
  • Israel
  • Judea and Samaria
  • Palestinian archaeology
  • West Bank
  • antiquities theft
  • staff officer for archaeology


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