Tel Achziv is situated on a major route connecting the Phoenician kingdoms and the southern Levantine coasts, which dictated its important role in the settlement layout.
Our renewed excavations since 2014 emphasize the understanding of the architecture and urbanism of the city through the Bronze and the Iron Ages. The site constitutes a perfect case study for the exploration of the function and use of a medium-size city-port along the Mediterranean coast. Moreover, it is one of the last important Phoenician sites of Iron Age Palestine which has not yet been substantially investigated.
Our 2016 field season will focus on terrestrial research in order to pursue the previous 2014-2015 excavations in two areas C and N:
Area N: Our goal is to complete the excavation of a Middle Bronze II large walls built system (c.18th century BCE). The main question concerns its possible function as a fortification, and to understand the various architectural phases of this building. This area should provide valuable information regarding the very first occupation of the site. Are there some building activities before the Middle Bronze II period?
Area C: Our main goal is to extend the exposure of a thick destruction layer from the Phoenician period of occupation of the site during the Iron IIA Age, in which at least ten complete vessels were found during the 2015 season. We would like to try to connect these vessels to some architecture (domestic or public) and to collect more complete pottery.