Aren Maier reports that he may have been the last archaeologist to see the excavations of Eshtaol.
But you can see a video of the site before it was buried.
Some are unhappy that the Palestinian Authority is excavating a Hasmonean fortress between Bethlehem and the Herodium.
This travel piece may inspire you to do more on your next trip to Israel than ride on a bus.
If you expect to be touring Israel in late May, you should plan now to avoid the pope.
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HT: Charles Savelle, Joseph Lauer