Claiming this is nigh ridiculous: "Palestinians may be taking for granted that the land around them, and its buried heritage, is theirs."
Arabs are well aware of its importance for they are actively attempting to disinvent the Jewish historical presence by destroying or covering up finds, especially at the Temple Mount.
The Tel of Shiloh was attacked by Hamdan Taha, the Palestinian Authority minister of antiquities and culture, a pioneer of the new Palestinian revisionism. Taha is a master of the Palestinian denial to cancel any trace of Jewish presence in the Holy Land. Shiloh is his target. Despite finds at Shiloh indicating continuous Jewish residency from around 1200 BCE through to 135 CE (and then evidence of foreign conquerors and occupiers including the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and others, and bolstering the Biblical narrative of Shiloh as the capital of the Jewish nation for nearly four centuries, Taha attempts to convince the ignorant that Jewish Shiloh never existed saying, “In Shiloh the settlers pretended to have found the tabernacles,” he proclaimed. “They can find the chicken bone my grandfather ate 50 years ago and say it was a young calf for ancient sacrifice.” He knows little of the scientific digs conducted here.
One last point: if it weren't for Jewish/Israeli archaeologists and indeed Christian ones, the Arabs wouldn't know their own history in this land starting from 638CE when they invaded from the Saudi Peninsula and overran it.
at this NYTimes blog post, which includes this:
Latitude - Views From Around the World (why are my views never invited to be there?)
June 20, 2013,
By RAJA SHEHADEH
Walking through the hills around Ramallah, where I have lived for many years, I often come upon archeological ruins and remnants: Byzantine tombs, Ottoman olive presses, pottery shards. They lie there, scattered among stone walls and olive trees, unmarked and unstudied.
But a few days ago at Khirbet El Tireh I was pleasantly surprised to find under a green canopy the archeologist Salah Hussein Al-Houdalieh and his students from Al Quds University loading off buckets of stones, scraping dirt and dusting a mosaic floor...But the dig isn’t being supported by the Palestinian Authority itself.
...And when historical sites in the West Bank aren’t being built over, they are often left unguarded and unmaintained — leaving them at risk of being damaged or looted...
[and who is looting and thieving?]
and then he gets nasty:
...I also suspect a surprising kind of complacency: Despite their longstanding struggle to win political rights from Israel, Palestinians may be taking for granted that the land around them, and its buried heritage, is theirs.
...most the artifacts displayed at the recent exhibit about King Herod the Great at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem were removed illegally from sites in the occupied West Bank.
and then quotes an anti-Zionist:
“Archaeologists are in the business of creating collective memories,” the Israeli archaeologist Raphael Greenberg has argued. This is something the Israelis understand only too well and the Palestinians, apparently, too little.
Actually, archaeologists discover history which is a real memory.
And now I've added this to someone's comment:
actually Jews were not really "long gone". Our political power, administration and military ability as an independent sovereign state
waswere destroyed by successive conquerors and occupiers, including Muslims, Mamelukes, Crusaders, Ottomans and British, or withheld from us. Jews were present, throughout the country, including Judea, Samaria and Gaza, what local Arabs now refer to as "Palestinian occupied territories". But during the Mandatory regime of 1922-1948, Arabs succeeded in ethnically cleansing Jews from Hebron, Shchem/Nablus, Gaza, the Old City of Jerusalem, and new agricultural communities in the Etzion Bloc, Neveh Yaakov and Bet HaAravah, to name several. And now they seek sto further erase all historical memory of Jews in this land.
The first one is up here.
And I liked this one: