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Israel • July 29 - August 23, 2013
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Battle of Arsuf between Saladin and Richard the Lionheart
Though the site is dominated by the ruins of a substantial 13th-century Crusader fortress, over 30 years of near-continuous excavations have revealed an impressive port city with roots dating back to the time of the Phoenicians.
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It wasn’t until the Byzantine period, however, that the site, then known as Sozousa, reached the height of its prosperity. Sozousa expanded to cover over 70 acres and became the chief commercial, industrial and maritime center of the southern Sharon Plain. The city was also home to a large Christian community headed by a series of prominent bishops, several of whom attended the major ecclesiastical meetings of the 5th and 6th century.
In recent seasons, archaeologists have found the remains of a Roman villa, an incredibly well-preserved market street from the Early Islamic period, the massive gate complex of the Crusader town, and just last year a hoard of 108 gold coins of the Fatimid dynasty. This season, dig director Professor Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University will be focusing his efforts on continued excavation in areas of Byzantine and Crusader occupation.
Dr. Oren Tal is an associate professor in archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. In 2007, he took over directorship of the Apollonia-Arsuf excavations from long-time director professor Israel Roll.
Six miles north of Tel Aviv, on the shores of Herzlia
Periods of Occupation
Roman, Byzantine, Early Arab, Crusader
Dates of the Dig
July 29 - August 23, 2013
May 15, 2013
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Volunteers will be housed 2-3 per room at the Tadmor Hotel in Herzliya Pituach. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and have private bathrooms.
Open for tours
Yes - appointment necessary
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