Halpern takes us to task (footnote) for attributing the occupation of the highlands at the start of the Iron Age to the development of slaked-lime cisterns and iron tools. Although Halpern describes this notion as “preposterous,” it was in fact a mainstream view until recently. I actually abandoned this view some while ago and wrote to the editor of BAR (letter dated 9 January 1987) asking for our article to be amended accordingly. Although my letter was acknowledged the change was unfortunately overlooked.