Even William G. Dever, once a proud and enthusiastic advocate of American-style “New Archaeology” in Palestine, admits now that “we also became enamoured of technical advances in archaeology for their own sake, and got bogged down in a morass of data often collected with no notion of what we were trying to learn,” in “Biblical Archaeology: Death and Rebirth,” in Biblical Archaeology Today, 1990, Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Biblical Archaeology (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1993), p. 707.