Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
Michal Artzy, Head, Hatter Laboratory, Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa
The Carmel Ridge and its environs had at least three active anchorages sited on river outlets during the latter half of the Late Bronze Age (approximately the 14th century to the first years of the 12th century BCE). Tel Akko and Tel Abu-Hawam are situated on the Bay of Akko/Haifa, on the northern confines of the Carmel Ridge, while Tel Nami is located on its western shadow. These anchorages were well-positioned at junctions of the north-south maritime and the east-west ‘sea to desert’ terrestrial routes, and imported material goods were found at all three.
But their diverse geographical settings and different economic networks dictated disparity in settlement patterns. Abu Hawam has been identified as a Mycenaean emporium, and a recent study has suggested that graves in the vicinity of Akko belonged to a burial ground of members of an emporium representing foreign interests in the area. At Nami, cultic paraphernalia as well as metal objects can be compared, if not directly to the Mycenaean world, to the central eastern Mediterranean Koine of the end of the 14th and 13th centuries BCE. Newly gathered data from the three sites is generating new ideas about how these sites related to one another and how they interacted with the greater Mediterranean world.
This lecturer’s visit is jointly funded by several departments and organizations of Trinity University: Lecturers and Visiting Scholars Committee, Art and Art History, Classical Studies, History, Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology.