SAD NEWS: A report that the Israeli archaeologist Ephraim Stern passed away over the weekend has been posted by Jack Sasson on the Agade list. Professor Stern is best know as the chief excavator of the Tel Dor Excavation. He also published extensively on the archaeology of the Land of Israel. I got to know him in my postgraduate days when I served as an assistant square supervisor at Tel Dor in the mid 1980s. May his memory be for a blessing.