BAR 38:02, Mar/Apr 2012
Archaeologists Offer Public a Glimpse Behind the Curtain
Since the very early years of BAR, we have bemoaned the fact that most archaeologists and Biblical scholars are reluctant to release the photos and finds from their work until the full results have been published in a scholarly volume or journal.a This often leaves the public (including BAR readers) in the dark for years—or even decades, as in the case of the Dead Sea Scrolls—about the important discoveries from excavations and manuscripts, as we wait for publications that sometimes never come.
Thankfully there are exceptions to this rule. And as we have said in BAR, sharing finds and photos does not lessen the impact of the final publication of these excavations but in fact builds up interest and anticipation for it. And who knows, a layperson may be able to offer an insight that the scholar hadn’t thought of.