ADVISORY, CONSULTING AND
History Behind our History
WHAT'S THE FIT?
"Archaeology" at an information, management and communications consulting website?
Some readers may react as did the Washington Post's Foreign Editor "Scott" (last name not recorded) when he was pressured to answer Managing Editor Howard Simons' scrutiny during Woodstein's earliest Watergate reporting, "I don't believe the goddamn story, Howard, it doesn't make sense."
The fit for archaeology that "makes sense" vis-a-vis management consulting is archaeology is one of the most challenging disciplines in the pursuit of information, analysis, verification and deciding next steps. It requires skills and tools to "follow historical facts using science," not just digging in the dirt and brushing residue off shards, pottery, paintings and the foundations and walls of long-covered buildings.
As science, archaeology is not about supporting one's personal religious faith. If revealed "facts" are personally reassuring, they are nonetheless objective data open to further research, debate and investigation. Archaeologists come in all races, religions, creeds and colors, so personal belief for each is a private, not scientific, matter.
Moreover, archaeology is a "high-tech" study. How else could the piece of parchment on the left reveal any of the worthwhile content on the right? (Images courtesy of Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins)
The "management" relevance comes from "product Research & Development," the use of high-technology sensing and analytic tools -- on land, under water, and by satellites -- and the protection of ownership of intellectual property, later to be made public with sufficient international copyright, trademark and patent protections.
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Rabbi Dr. Nelson Glueck was an archaeology icon, explorer, professor, author and lecturer. His primary geography of exploration and work was, in his day, named "Transjordan."
He was also president of the Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, headquartered in Cincinnati, the first and primary seminary for graduate education, training and ordination of Reform Jewish Rabbis.
Being fortunate enough to attend many of his public lectures, introduced to many of archaeology's intrigues and artifacts, the subject stuck with me as a life-long avocational interest, education and involvement, through which mesmerizing information and fascinating people have added to business expertise.
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DR. JAMES H. CHARLESWORTH
DR. JODI MAGNESS
DR. DAN BAHAT
RABBI DR. LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN
RABBI GARY RENDSBURG
DR. MOTTI AVIAM
DR. AMY JILL LEVINE
DR. JAMES TABOR
DR. SHIMON GIBSON
DR. GEORGE ZERVOS
DR. LEEN RITMEYER
DR. GABRIEL (GABI) BARKAI
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