Location: Akko , Israel
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 underwater archaeology. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major emporium for the ancient world. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical, and biblical accounts. Known locally as Tell Napoleon or Tell el-Fukhar, excavations on this ancient mound situated east of the modern city of Akko have uncovered remains of Canaanite, “Sea Peoples,” Phoenician, Persian, Greek, and Hellenistic culture. During more recent times, it is famous as the city that withstood Napoleon’s two-month siege and marked the end of his campaign to conquer the Middle East. Today Akko is a major tourist destination, well-known for its picturesque and historic Ottoman period town that is constructed on the ruins of the best-preserved Crusader city in the world.
Period(s) of Occupation: Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, Late Bronze, Iron Age, Persian and Hellenistic Periods
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 month
Room and Board Arrangements
Students participating in the Akko Field School will reside at the Akko Nautical Academy, located in the modern city of Akko on the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to the Akko municipal public beach. The rooms are dormitory-style, featuring full board accommodations with three students per room. Internet access is available.
Ann E. Killebrew and Vered Raz-Romeo (eds.), One Thousand Nights and Days: Akko through the Ages. University of Haifa: 2010 and see detailed bibliography in this volume.