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  • Popplestone, Ann
    Ann Popplestone CCC TLC 216-987-3584 ... From: Hugh W. Jarvis [SMTP:hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU] Sent: Thursday,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 12, 2000
      Ann Popplestone
      CCC TLC

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Hugh W. Jarvis [SMTP:hjarvis@...]
      Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2000 1:10 PM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: Gesher Benot Ya'aqov destruction (fwd)

      Contact details below. Hugh

      >---------- Forwarded message ----------
      >Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2000 08:50:59 +0000
      >From: goren@... <mailto:goren@...>
      >Subject: Gesher Benot Ya'aqov destruction
      >Dear Colleagues,
      >Please respond to the request expressed in this letter. If you
      >forward tthis letter to notify as many poeple as possible it will
      >very much appreciated.
      >Many thanks,
      >Naama Goren-Inbar
      >Dear Colleagues,
      >Recently an archaeological site of the utmost importance for the
      >of early humankind has been irreversibly damaged, deliberately and
      >willfully, under the guise of environmental development. After
      >agreements to the contrary, and notwithstanding a restraining order
      >issued by the courts, Mr. Eytan Sat, General Director of the
      >(Sea of Galilee) Drainage Authority, gave orders for work to be
      done at
      >the outlet of the River Jordan from the Huleh Valley. This was
      >out with the purposeful intent to deceive and avoid the inspectors
      >the Israel Antiquities Authority.
      >Gesher Benot Ya'aqov (named after an old bridge called "the
      daughters of
      >the Patriarch Jacob") is an important antiquities site, dating to
      >Lower Paleolithic, ca 780,000 BP, and is the second oldest evidence
      >human activity outside of Africa in this country. Early excavations
      >conducted during the 1930�s and 1960� already indicated the
      >of the site. More recently the site has been excavated by Prof.
      >Goren-Inbar of the Hebrew University. The archaeological remains
      >proved to be crucial in understanding the movements of hominids out
      >Africa into Eurasia, whilethe superb preservation of animal and
      >remains is unique for the period under consideration, contributing
      >our understanding of ancientenvironments and the behaviors of our
      >ancestors. Amongst other remains recovered are some of the earliest
      >documented worked wooden implements known.
      >As anthropologists, archeologists, botanists, geologists, and
      >paleontologists, intimately involved in Pleistocene research, we
      >strongly protest this contravention of Israel's antiquities law and
      >willful destruction of some of the earliest remains of human
      culture in
      >this part of the world. We wish to object to this gross and
      >violation to our world cultural heritage.
      >In light of the irreparable damage that has been incurred to the
      >please register your disapproval concerning this matter to:
      >Mr. Matan Vilnai,
      >Minister of Culture, Science and Sport,
      >Kiriat Hamemshala (East),
      >Building C,
      >POB 49100,
      >Jerusalem 91490,
      >Fax: 972-2-5811613
      >Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Prof. Baruch Arensburg (Tel Aviv University)
      >Prof. Anna Belfer-Cohen (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Dr. Shmuel Belitzky (Hebrew University)
      >Prof. Avi Gopher (Tel Aviv University)
      >Dr. Yuval Goren (Tel Aviv University)
      >Dr. Nigel Goring-Morris (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Prof. Isaac Gilead (Ben Gurion University, Beersheva)
      >Dr. Ariel Heimann (Geological Survey of Israel)
      >Prof. Israel Hershkovitz (Tel Aviv University)
      >Dr. Erella Hovers (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Dr. Daniel Kaufman (Haifa University)
      >Prof. Mordechai Kislev (Bar Ilan University)
      >Dr. Daniel Nadel (Haifa University)
      >Dr. Rivka Rabinovitz (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Prof. Yoel Rak (Tel Aviv University)
      >Prof. Patricia Smith (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Prof. Eitan Tchernov, (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
      >Prof. Steve Weiner (Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot)
      >Prof. Mina Weinstein-Evron (Haifa University)
      >Dr. Ella Werker (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

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