The article, written by Nina Burleigh, gives a version of the ongoing issues between these two folks, along with some other related issues. Now since this clearly “sells magazine issues” – I have no problem with anyone reporting this. What does bother me very much, in fact, quite p@@@es me off – is that this is presented as a feud between two biblical archaeologists!
Why does this bother me?
1) Neither of these two people are biblical archaeologists
2) Neither of them deal with the central, critical and cutting-edge issues that are dealt with by “biblical archaeologists” specifically, or in general, by archaeologists studying the ancient Levant.
3) Nina Burleigh, who I would hope is a serious investigative journalist (but see my comments on an earlier book of hers here), should be able to differentiate between real science and what is mostly PR and egos playing around.
4) It creates a completely warped public image of what real archaeologists are doing in this region!