By Alon Tal
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He arrived in Palestine with a clear agenda that included economic development and ecological restoration for an abandoned Holy Land. Trees played a prominent role in this vision for the future. In his ﬁrst report as commissioner he explains: It is obvious to every passing traveler, and well-known to every European resident, that the country was before the War, and is now, undeveloped and under-populated. The methods of agriculture are, for the most part, primitive; the area of land now cultivated could yield a far greater product.
The fact that its forests were disappearing probably went unnoticed by decision makers in Constantinople. The British cleric Henry Maundrell provides a discouraging portrait of late seventeenth-century Palestine in his Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, published in 1697. This work contains several relevant passages bemoaning a disﬁgured landscape. ’’∑∑ The ﬁrst modern map of the area, prepared by another Frenchman, Pierre Jacotin, drafted during Napoleon’s brief invasion. ∑∏ Little else remained.
C. ’’∂∞ For three decades, Tel Aviv University archeologist Nili Lipschitz has conducted research that generates a somewhat higher-resolution picture. c. ∂≤ In a book that summarizes over eighty of her publications, Lipschitz convincingly refutes Zohary’s more evenly distributed projections: ‘‘Dendroarchaeological research has proven that the Quercus calliprinos (Oak)—Pistacia palaestina (Terebinth) association was the only dominant association all over the Mediterranean region since the Pre Pottery Neolithic A period.