Monday, July 23, 2012

Akko’s ancient harbor exposed

The harbor is considered the largest and most important in the country in the Hellenistic period.

A member of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority
standing on the ancient quay. Photo: Kobi Sharvit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
In archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority  is conducting at the foot of Akko’s southern seawall, installations were exposed that belong to a harbor that was operating in the city already in the Hellenistic period (third-second centuries BCE) and was the most important port in Israel at that time.

The finds were discovered during the course of archaeological excavations being carried out as part of the seawall conservation project undertaken by the Old Akko Development Company  and underwritten by the Israel Lands Administration.

The first evidence indicating the possible existence of this quay was in 2009 when a section of pavement was discovered comprised of large kurkar flagstones dressed in a technique reminiscent of the Phoenician style that is characteristic of installations found in a marine environment. -- Israel Antiquities via Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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