WHAT'S GOING ON IN 2016?

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ABOUT US

Beginning in 2010, new excavations commenced at Tel Akko, co-directed by Professors Ann E. Killebrew and Michal Artzy.  Current sponsoring institutions include the Pennsylvania State University, University of Haifa, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Trinity College. This project, projected for ten years, has several goals:

 

  • A diachronic and synchronic analysis of Akko’s role as a major eastern Mediterranean maritime center and commercial crossroads from the third millennium BCE through the Hellenistic periods.

 

  • An analysis and comparison of the process of reurbanization and state formation during the early first millennium along the Phoenician Levantine coast and the rise of “ethnicized” kingdoms (e.g. Israel, Judah, Aram etc.).

 

  • An archaeological, geomorphological and geophysical study of the Bay of Akko and its coastline, including questions relating to climatic change and its impact on the location of Akko’s harbors through the age.

 

  • Development of new 3-D documentation and recording techniques.

 

  • Publication of previous excavation results

 

 

The project is committed to the “Total Archaeology” concept: approaching the science in a holistic manner, as a multi-dimensial tool to examine the past and ensure it remains relevant to the future.  Ann Killebrew says,”New skill sets will be needed for archaeologists of the 21st century – there will be less excavation and more documentation, curation of collections, conservation, and site development. We should start preparing for that now.”

Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies and Anthropology The Pennsylvania State University
Ann E. Killebrew . Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies and Anthropology . The Pennsylvania State University .
Prof. Michal Artzy Head - Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and Sir Maurice and Lady Irene Hatter Laboratory for Coastal and Harbour Archaeology University of Haifa
Prof. Michal Artzy . Head - Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and Sir Maurice and Lady Irene Hatter Laboratory for Coastal and Harbour Archaeology . University of Haifa .

Pennsylvania State University

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Claremont Graduate University

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The University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Baker University

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University of Haifa

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Claremont McKenna University

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Trinity College

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University of Warsaw

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TOTAL ARCHAEOLOGY

To support the project’s short and long-term research goals, the renewed excavations at Tel Akko use a holistic approach to the past that we have termed “Total Archaeology”, which integrates archaeological survey, systematic excavation, a robust conservation plan, a public outreach program, and the incorporation of the largely unpublished results from earlier expeditions to address a practical research agenda, all of which have necessitated the development of a cutting edge multi-dimensional recording system.

TEL AKKO

Throughout its history, Akko has been a major cross-roads and meeting place between east and west. Due to Akko’s strategic location and its natural harbor – one of the few safe anchorages along the southern Levantine coast – a multitude of peoples and cultures left their mark on the city over the last five thousand years. The earliest inhabitants of Akko settled on a low kurkar hill that overlooked the fertile Akko plain, just north of the Bellus or Na’aman River (see satellite view of Tel Akko). Today the 22 hectare tell is a municipal park, situated to the east the UNESCO World Heritage site of Crusader and Ottoman period Akko. Tel Akko was first excavated from 1973 – 1989 by Moshe Dothan and a team from the University of Haifa, in cooperation with Diethelm Conrad from the University of Marburg. Following a near decade long hiatus, a short study season was conducted in 1999 under the direction of Ann Killebrew and Michal Artzy.

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