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Ben Gurion Marks 63rd Birthday; Addresses Opening Session of Archaeologists Parley

Premier David Ben Gurion, who celebrated his 63rd birthday today, told the opening session of the Congress of Israel Excavations and Antiquities yesterday that the Jewish state’s "sovereignty and last year’s conquests opened a new vista for excavations in Israel." The chief duty of archaeologists should now be, he added, to revive "historical events–otherwise the nation’s birth will remain buried forever."

The Israel Premier went on to say that "archaeological science will fulfill its mission for the benefit of the majority by disclosing Israel’s rich and precious heritage. Our independence demands that we rebuild on the debris and repopulate the land," he added.