BAR 17:03, May/Jun 1991
Books in Brief
The Antiquities of the Jordan Rift Valley
Rami G. Khouri
(Amman, Jordan: Al Kutba, 1988; distributed in the U.S. by Solipsist Press, P.O. Box 544, Sebascopol, CA) 157 pp., $23.00
Ever since my first volunteer days lugging baskets of dirt and washing pottery, I have had an archaeological fantasy that, unhappily, I cannot indulge. I want to go back in time and live in the ancient Biblical world just to see how people really existed. Did all those garbanzos and lentils we find in excavations actually taste good? Did their houses have windows? Although we can never do this, Rami Khouris book allows us to do the next best thing: to immerse ourselves almost totally in the archaeology of one region of the Biblical world.