Tel Achziv


An Ancient City on the Southern Phoenician Coast

Tel Achziv was at the intersection of maritime and terrestrial cultures during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Situated on a major route connecting the Phoenician kingdoms and the Southern Levantine coast, it dictated its important role in the settlement layout. Achziv thus became a place of economic imperial interest and potential conflict throughout history. The site is a perfect case study for exploring the function and use of a medium-size port town along the Mediterranean coast. Moreover, it is one of the last important Phoenician sites of Iron Age Palestine that has not yet been substantially investigated.


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Geographic Location

Northern Israel, close to the town of Nahariya

Periods of Occupation

Middle Bronze II, Iron II, Roman, Crusader, Ottoman


Michael Jasmin

Dr. Michael Jasmin, archaeologist and associate of the CNRS-UMR 8167 laboratory in France.

Yifat Thareani

Dr. Yifat Thareani, archaeologist, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Israel.

Philippe Abrahami

Dr. Philippe Abrahami, Assyriologist at the University of Lumière Lyon 2, France.