Yesterday was the World Day to Combat Desertification.
The term desertification does not mean the expansion of the deserts but the degradation of the quality of the soils that may eventually lead to the formation of the deserts as commonly understood.
This land degradation may be due to either climatic changes or human activities. It is of course impossible to control the former, but as expressed in the brilliant Greek documentary ΑΝΥΔΡΗ ΓΗ (arid land) that was presented last night on the National Greek Channel, it is the essence of human wisdom to find the balance between our own activity and the earth and water resources we exploit to implement our culture.
We are definitely welcoming all suggestions for finding ways to achieve that, both in the Middle Nile Valley and in general. And we are convinced that archaeology is the most educative means we possess to understand wrong-doings of the past or learn from the wisdom of the old, in order to structure better balance between our cultural force and our natural environment.