Yigael Yadin poses as HA-PA-KHERED, the child form of Horus, symbolic
of rebirth, new day, new era, as the World's leading archaeological
authorities look on. Dr William Dever, one of the photo's participants
denies the similarity and indicates that Yadin was simply looking
puzzled in what he believed was a 1967 National Geographic photo of
It is my belief that this is an unspoken gesture by Yadin which Dever is missing. It is I believe an expression of his confidence that based on the dimensions in Macalister's records he knew what he was going to find here, and wanted the world to know that he clearly understood what it meant. It is an interesting and brilliant choice of symbols. The interpretation seems obvious, just like the identical crook in the finger poses...
Yadin, Commander of the Jerusalem Road battle during the 48 war, Excavator of Masada, Dead Sea Scroll Authority and purchaser of four the original seven scrolls (his father bought the other three), Excavator of Hazor,... considered Tel Gezer's Solomonic Gate to be the highpoint of his life and career. Sorry Dr Dever, but Yadin's got-cha on this one :) He is and always will be the Giant in the room.
**based on personal conversations with Dever during the 2007 excavations at Tel Gezer. Dever has identified this as a field one photo from the National Geographic Magazine taken in 1967. I am still working to verify that, I have long believed (could be wishful thinking I guess) the photo is the Solomonic Gate from 1971 with me the figure in the background.
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