Skip to comments.Archaeologists Return to Excavate Ancient Jaffa
Posted on 06/16/2014 3:09:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Teams of archaeologists, students and volunteers will return this month to the site of ancient Jaffa on the central coast of Israel to pick up where they left off in 2013, when they uncovered more of the sensational evidence of a fiery destruction at the site's ancient Amarna period New Kingdom Egyptian fortress gate...
...one team will continue the excavations at the famous fourteenth century B.C. Egyptian fortress gate complex, where in 2013 they uncovered the stark remains of an extensive violent destruction.
Excavations in 2012... excavators discovered a commemorative scarab of Amenhotep III dated to the mid-fourteenth century B.C., found within the upper destruction layers... A year later, in 2013, they exposed the city gates passageway below more than 1.5 meters of destruction debris. The finds included arrowheads, a spearhead and lead weight, decorative ivory inlays, numerous charred seeds, a number of ceramic vessels, antlers from deer, and nearly two dozen cedar timbers... The seeds, identified as those of barley, olive pits, grape pips, and chick peas were a welcome find, as they provide an insight to the foods consumed at the site...
The timbers, the earliest and largest such ancient timbers from that time period found in Israel to date, are thought to have been used in the construction of the gates second story and roof...
Mentioned four times in the Hebrew Bible, it was named as one of the cities given to the Hebrew Tribe of Dan (Book of Joshua 19:46), as a port-of-entry for the cedars of Lebanon for Solomon's Temple (2 Chronicles 2:16), as the place from which the prophet Jonah embarked for Tarshish (Book of Jonah 1:3) and as the port-of-entry for the cedars of Lebanon that were used in the construction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem (Book of Ezra 3:7)...
(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...
The Gate passageway and south tower following excavations in July 2013. Photo 2013-P0408, courtesy Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project.
One of *those* topics, bigtime.
Theses for the Reconstruction of Ancient History, VI
> 113. The el-Amarna Letters were written not in the fifteenth-fourteenth century, but in the middle of the ninth century...
Sennacherib: the Year - 701
The Reign of King Hezekiah
I’m sure the excavators will net some new info. /rimshot!
“the oldest continuously used port on the planet.”
Fascinating. Ancient. Vicious.
“(And a great place to eat fish)”
Really? The water is clean enough around there?
Mediterranean coast off Israel is crazy clean - I was shocked.
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