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date: 19 February 2018

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This article discusses the 200- year history of archaeological research in the Levant. It suggests that the archaeology of the Levant is a tapestry of cultures interwoven with strands of nationalism, colonialism, and politics which speaks directly to questions of identity. The article explains the data gathered from the Levant during the Ottoman rule, colonial domination, and the national era. Levantine archaeology remains a vibrant and healthy discipline in the twenty-first century. Its greatest strength lies in its wealth of accumulated primary data providing the basis for vibrant, foundational research into the story of the past.

Keywords: Levant, archaeological research, cultures, nationalism, colonialism, politics, identity, Ottoman rule, colonial domination

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