Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
As one of the few safe anchorages along the southern Levantine coast, Akko has served as a major maritime center and cross-roads between east and west for over five millennia. First excavated by Moshe Dothan (1973 – 1989), the renewed excavations at Tel Akko (2010 – present) under the direction of Ann E. Killebrew (Pennsylvania State University) and Michal Artzy (University of Haifa) incorporate an integrated, “total archaeology” approach to exploring and preserving the site’s past, present, and future. This lecture will present the results of our excavations at Canaanite and Phoenician Akko including the discovery of a Phoenician iron smithing industrial center, our development of cutting-edge technologies to document and reconstruct the site’s past, and the role of the city’s diverse local communities in the protection of Akko’s shared cultural heritage.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Killebrew, A.E., D. DePietro, R. Pangarkar, S-A. Peleg, S. Scham, and E. Taylor 2017. Archaeology, Shared Heritage, and Community at Akko, Israel, Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 5: 365–392.