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Israel • May 19 - June 15, 2012
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Excavate a Phoenician Harbor City in Israel
Achziv is a mounded tell site located along the northern coast of Israel, about 16 miles north of the bay of Haifa. During the Middle Bronze Age, the site was a fortified harbor town protected by a massive rampart, and by the Iron Age, it had become an important Phoenician city that was ultimately conquered by King Sennacherib of Assyria during his campaign through Palestine at the end of the eighth century. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Achziv continued its status as a thriving coastal town and is referred to several times in the works of classical authors, including Josephus and Eusebius.
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In the Achziv excavation’s inaugural 2012 season, directors Gwyn Davies and Assaf Yasur-Landau will be leading volunteers on a quest to uncover key layers and structures from this strategic harbor town. Among the project’s numerous goals will be the excavation of a monumental Roman structure (possibly a coastal villa), the investigation of the city’s various harbor installations, and to begin probing the size and makeup of the site’s massive Middle Bronze Age rampart.
Volunteers will be housed in shared, air-conditioned rooms within the facilities of the nearby Society for the Protection of Nature Field School, which is located along one of Israel’s most beautiful and tranquil beaches.
Gwyn Davies is associate professor of ancient history at Florida International University. Trained as an archeologist who has worked on excavations in Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Britain, he specializes in the study of Roman siege systems. He co-directed the Yotvata Roman Fort Project in Israel and is now co-director of the excavations at Achziv.
Assaf Yasur-Landau is co-director of the Achziv excavations and an archaeologist with the Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa. A marine and coastal archaeologist, his research has focused on the archaeology of ancient Israel and the cultural and commercial interactions between the Near East and the Aegean world.
3 miles north of Nahariya, Israel
Periods of Occupation
Middle Bronze Age, Iron Age, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Crusader
Dates of the Dig
May 19 - June 15, 2012
February 15, 2012
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Yes - 3 credits - $400 - University of Haifa
Society for the Protection of Nature Field School
Open for tours
Yes, during Tel Achziv park’s normal operating hours
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