Tel Akko

June 30 – July 29, 2019

Modern Science Meets Ancient History

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 2019 project are (1) to continue excavation of Akko’s Phoenician city, investigating the impact of Assyrian imperialism there, (2) to continue 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) to continue a unique program of community engagement that embeds the study of ancient Akko within the goals of the contemporary communities of the city.


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Geographic Location

Akko, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Middle Bronze through Hellenistic

Dates of the Dig

June 30 – July 29, 2019

Minimum Stay

Two weeks

Application Due

March 15, 2019

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Contact Prof. Gary Gilbert ([email protected]) for more information.


Volunteers will be housed in modern accommodations on the campus of the Israel Nautical College of Akko. Two to three volunteers share a room with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. Cost includes room for the entire season, meals, ground transportation in Israel, entrance fees to program activities, and laundry service.

Open For Tours

Yes — by appointment


$4,200 for the season


Ann E. Killebrew

Ann E. Killebrew is Associate Professor in the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department, Jewish Studies program and Anthropology Department at Penn State University. She has been actively involved in fieldwork for the past 25 years and has excavated at many sites including Tel Akko, Megiddo, Qasrin, Beth Shean, Miqne-Ekron and Jericho.

Michal Artzy

Michal Artzy is a Professor Emeritus and Director of the Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa. She is one of the leading researchers in coastal archaeology and the archaeology of trade in the eastern Mediterranean and has excavated at many sites around Carmel, Akko and the coast of Israel.


Dr. Gary Gilbert
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: 909.607.1877
Email: [email protected]