Professors of Biblical archaeology standing in bread lines? Well, no—at least not yet. The downturn in the economy, however, has hit the fields of Biblical archaeology and ancient Near Eastern studies particularly hard.
Where does the money for archaeological excavation and publication come from? A lot of it no longer comes thanks to certain ex-investors (Bernie Madoff, et al.) and the low market cycle, which have reduced or eliminated the portfolios of Foundations that underwrite many archaeologists and their work. Tight budgets have also reduced educational funding, which impacts job positions and field work.
This fairly short article in BAR describes some these current challenges facing archaeology in general. I am hoping for no significant impact on next year’s excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa/the Elah Fortress. I intend to go back!
HT: Barnea Selavan