Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, only a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acco, with its Medieval and Ottoman old city, fishing harbor and traditional market, and the modern resort town of Nahariya, the site of Tel Kabri has the oldest and largest wine cellar yet discovered from the ancient Near East as well as what may be the earliest-known Western art yet found in the Eastern Mediterranean. Today the Tel and its surroundings are an agricultural land, with lush plantations of bananas and avocados overlying the ancient remains.
During the 2019 season our attention was focused on uncovering additional storage rooms of the palace and continuing the excavation of the wine cellar that we found during the 2013 and 2015 seasons: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/science/in-ruins-of-palace-a-wine-with-hints-of-cinnamon-and-top-notes-of-antiquity.html
Near Acco and Nahariya
Middle Bronze Age
Eric H. Cline, Co-director, is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has participated in more than 30 seasons of archaeological excavation and survey in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, and the USA.
Assaf Yasur-Landau, Co-director, is an Associate Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Maritime Civilizations and a Senior Researcher at the Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies at Haifa University. He has participated in many excavations and surveys since 1986 at sites in Israel, Greece, and Turkey. In addition to Tel Kabri, he co-directs underwater and coastal excavations and surveys at Tel Dor and Tel Achziv.
Andrew Koh, Associate Director, is with the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology with MIT; he holds his degrees from UPenn (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of specialization are Greek art and archaeology, the Mediterranean and the East, the ethnoarchaeology of Crete, and archaeological science. Professor Koh has done field work for the ARCHEM Project in Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Turkey.
Alexandra Ratzlaff, Associate Director, is a classical and near eastern archaeologist and ceramist specializing in the eastern Mediterranean. She lectures in Classical Studies at Brandeis University. As a field archaeologist her projects have been primarily in Israel, focused on the Late Roman Army at Birsama and the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata; the coastal and maritime presence along the Israeli coast at Tel Achziv, Tel Dor, and Caesarea (Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman period); and the Middle Bronze Age Palace at Tel Kabri. Her current research exams the impact of maritime trade at small harbors on the Late Antique Economy of the central Levantine coast. This includes a long-term coastal and underwater survey and analysis of previously excavated ceramic assemblages from Achziv to Ashkelon (modern Israeli coast). As an extension of this research she is currently publishing the ceramic remains from the Hellenistic harbor at Akko and Hellenistic/early Roman excavations at Achziv (Israel).
Philipp W. Stockhammer, Associate Director, is professor for prehistoric archaeology with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and co-director of Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, Jena. His research focuses on the transformative power of intercultural encounters, human-thing-entanglements, social practices and the integration of archaeological and scientific interpretation.