Located on the Mediterranean Sea at the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre/Akko is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge archaeological project and field school that combines excavation, survey, geographic information systems (GIS), conservation, heritage studies, and public archaeology. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major trade emporium. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Greek, and biblical documents. Excavations on Tel Akko, the 22-hectare mound located on the edge of the modern city of Akko, have uncovered remains of Canaanite, Sea Peoples, Phoenician, Assyrian, Persian, and Greek culture.
The goals of the 2022 project are: (1) the excavation of Akko’s Phoenician Iron Age city and understanding the impact of Assyrian imperialism at the site; (2) the intensive survey of Tel Akko, especially on the southwest side of the mound where the Bronze and Iron Age harbor of ancient Akko is proposed to have been located; and (3) the continuation of the team’s community outreach program that integrates the study of ancient Akko within the goals of the contemporary communities of the city.
Northern Coastal Plain, Northern Israel
July 3 - August 1, 2022
Friday, April 1, 2022
Ann E. Killebrew: Penn State University
Michal Artzy: University of Haifa