In May 2012 this top archaeologist, Yuval Peleg, was our guide for a Yad Ben Zvi Institute tour to the Inn of the Good Samaritan and to the monastery of St. Martyrius.
We learned so much that afternoon.
Here above he is explaining the big rolling (or sealing) stone at the gate.
The Martyrius site was discovered in 1982 when the city of Ma'ale Adumim was being built. Now it is right in the middle of town.
To our shock and sadness, Yuval Peleg was buried this morning in his hometown, Ma'ale Adumim.
Yesterday he and several Palestinian workers were beginning to investigate a cave near Sebastia in the West Bank when big rocks rolled down the hill and crushed him.
May he rest in peace and may God comfort his young family, now suddenly in mourning.
The profession will miss Yuval and his big smile.
I could write a small book on my own almost-brushes with death at various expeditions around Israel over the years.
Archaeology, at least for those of us who actually work with pickax and turia, is a profession fraught with danger.
Maybe that is part of what makes it so exciting.
(Todd Bolen's blog has more links about the accident and about Peleg.)