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OPPOSING VIEWS. Yigael Yadin (right) directed excavations at Tel Hazor in 1955–1958 and 1968 with the assistance of senior staff member Yohanan Aharoni (left). The two great archaeologists belonged to different schools of thought when it came to the Israelite settlement in Canaan. Yadin, a follower of the Albright school, believed the Israelites conquered Canaan as recorded in the Book of Joshua. Aharoni, however, followed the Alt-Noth school in seeing the settlement as a slow, peaceful process reflected in the Book of Judges. The men saw Hazor as a testing ground for their theories.