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Re: orion Jars and 1a & 1b dates

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Dear Mark--
I agree with you on all counts, including the paucity of the evidence for
the discontinuance of habitation around 9/8 bce. The tragedy of the
archaeological picture is that de Vaux didn´t leave any major sectors
unexcavated, so that we could check his findings today. It was a common
failing back then, and it does no good to bemoan it, but that´s the reason
we shall probably never get much more clarity than we have now. And the
failure of the Ecole Biblique to publish de Vaux´ excavation notes in full
can only give rise to more silly rumours.

best regards,

Fred Cryer