After spending a few days touring around Israel on my own, I had the pleasure of touring with Danny the Digger. On my own, I saw mosaics, and thought "Wow, amazing they lasted 2,000 years." With Danny, I was able to gain a far deeper understanding of why the mosaics were important, how the archaeologists found them and worked to preserve them; and what they tell us about the people that lived at the time the mosaics were laid. How do we know that this home was the home of Judah? How do we know that these mosaics are even in a home? How do we know those over there are in a temple? Danny has his theories, which he shares, as well as the conventional wisdom. You, the tourist can make your own conclusions.
The forensics of archaeology are fascinating, and no tour book shares that level of insight. Having the expert guide of Danny allowed us to appreciate the sites at a far deeper level. I highly recommend touring with Danny if you have the chance.
That, and he's an incredibly pleasant person to be around (an important thing to consider when you're spending hours not just at the sites but in the car driving between them)
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