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Gaza’s Layers of History Could Be Lost

Tuesday, January 08, 2013


GAZA—Lack of money and continuing conflict make conducting archaeology and conserving cultural heritage sites in the Gaza Strip extremely difficult. “Underneath Gaza there is a whole other Gaza, but every archaeological site here is found by accident,” said Hayam Albetar of the Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Construction projects and storms reveal archaeological objects hidden by the earth and sea, but research opportunities are slim.