Israel • July 27 - August 21, 2015
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Battle of Arsuf between Saladin and Richard the Lionheart
Though the site is dominated by the ruins of a substantial 13th-century Crusader fortress, over 30 years of near-continuous excavations have revealed an impressive port city with roots dating back to the time of the Phoenicians and continuing through the Islamic Period.
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The 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons of excavations were focused on the Crusader Town of Apollonia/Arsur in collaboration between the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and Tel Aviv University (Israel). Given the broad range of new cultural experiences to which the Crusaders were exposed in their new environment in the Holy Land, this project aims at a better understanding of the European and local cultural influences that dictated the structure and organization of the town of Arsur and its hinterland. Muslim Arsuf was conquered by the Crusaders in 1101 and re-conquered by the Mamluks in 1265. The presence of the Crusaders left its mark on the town. Large parts of it were re-planned, while extensive fortifications, private and public buildings, as well as a castle were erected.
The town’s abandonment after its Mamluk destruction led to a unique archaeological setting in which the Crusader layers were left largely undisturbed by later settlement activities and thus are highly suitable for intensified archaeological research. The 2015 season of excavations will continue this research as well as excavating earlier periods of occupations (Early Islamic and Byzantine).
Dr. Oren Tal is a full professor of classical, Near Eastern archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. In 2007, he took over directorship of the Apollonia-Arsuf excavations from long-time director professor Israel Roll.
Six miles north of Tel Aviv, on the shores of Herzlia, Israel
Periods of Occupation
Roman, Byzantine, Early Arab, Crusader
Dates of the Dig
July 27 - August 28, 2015
May 15, 2015
$550 per week - airfare not included
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Volunteers will be housed 2-3 per room at the Tadmor Hotel in Herzliya Pituach. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and have private bathrooms.
Open for tours
Yes - by appointment
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