Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains

May 28, 2015
Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
In this Saturday, June 7, 2014 file photo, a man looks at a wooden sculpture that was set on fire during Israel's first Midburn Festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man Festival held annually in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man.

Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada carnival, burned a wooden temple Saturday on a hilltop scattered with from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods.

The site was discovered 30 years ago by an Israeli archaeologist. The area is not marked with signs and it is hard to see the ancient remains. He says the extent of the damage is unclear.

Midburn spokesman Eyal Marcus said the festival was unaware of any sensitive sites at the location, and that antiquities officials only approached organizers in the middle of the festival. He also provided an official antiquities authority map that showed no at the location of the festival.

"I'm sorry if there was a misunderstanding," Marcus said. "We are going to check what happened and make sure that this doesn't happen again."

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo, an Israeli man walks in the playa during Israel's first Midburn festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in the desert near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 file photo, people walk in the dusty playa during Israel's first Midburn festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in the desert near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 file photo, Israelis kiss at a party during Israel's first Midburn festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in the desert near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
In this Friday, June 6, 2014 file photo, Israeli acrobats perform during Israel's first Midburn festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in the desert near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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cantdrive85
1.2 / 5 (5) May 28, 2015
There were probably some real burning men there too, Palestinians set ablaze in festive manner by isrealis.
jwozniak
not rated yet May 30, 2015
Or drugs. Lots and lots of drugs, lol.
PsyProf
not rated yet May 30, 2015
Actually this article jumps to conclusions. If you read sources closer to the events, one person suggested (without proof) that the festival had damaged a site...but the site itself is very diffuse, almost invisible, and nobody has measured to see if there is real damage. Indeed, if the Israeli archeological authorities are leaving valuable evidence above ground unprotected, so it can be damaged or ruined by a superficial fire on the surface, they are at fault. The whole thing doesn't pass the smell test. Don't leave critical thinking behind on a science site.

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