For someone who was too tired from carting books back and forth from the garage all day, Duane can really string a bunch of sentences together in the most insightful way. He hit the ball out of the park with this one...read it...he captures some significant issues in Syro-Palestinian archaeology.
I'll only add his post script:
PS One subject that needs to be discussed more than it is, is how archaeological research of all kinds is funded. There are dragons and monsters in these waters.
Been thinking about that myself...
I hope he writes more on the topic.