A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 13, 1963

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are a rare sight on TIME covers: ancient history usually has to yield to current history. But the subject has long had an interest for us; in fact, in an earlier day in TIME'S history, one editor decreed that archaeology stories should appear in the magazine at frequent intervals, and always under the same spare heading: DIGGERS.

Science Editor Jonathan Norton Leonard, who wrote this week's cover story on Nelson Glueck, considers himself something of an amateur Biblical scholar and regards the Bible as "an extraordinary record of ancient history as well as beautiful literature." This has long been Archaeologist Glueck's...

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