Tel Achziv

An Ancient City on the Southern Phoenician Coast

Tel Achziv was at the intersection of maritime and terrestrial cultures during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Situated on a major route connecting the Phoenician kingdoms and the Southern Levantine coast, it dictated its important role in the settlement layout. Achziv thus became a place of economic imperial interest and potential conflict throughout history. The site is a perfect case study for exploring the function and use of a medium-size port town along the Mediterranean coast. Moreover, it is one of the last important Phoenician sites of Iron Age Palestine that has not yet been substantially investigated.

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In 2017 two areas will be excavated: a large Middle Bronze II public building and an Iron II area with a possible Phoenician temple (where a mask mold was found in the previous season in 2016).

Michael Jasmin

Dr. Michael Jasmin, archaeologist and associate of the CNRS-UMR 8167 laboratory in France.

Yifat Thareani

Dr. Yifat Thareani, archaeologist, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Israel.

Philippe Abrahami

Dr. Philippe Abrahami, Assyriologist at the University of Lumière Lyon 2, France.

Dig Directors

Michael Jasmin
Yifat Thareani
Philippe Abrahami

Geographic Location

Northern Israel, close to the town of Nahariya

Periods of Occupation

Middle Bronze II, Iron II, Roman, Crusader, Ottoman

Dates of the Dig

July 3 – 21, 2017

Minimum Stay

Two weeks

Application Due

July 15, 2017



Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Yes; for information regarding academic credit, please contact Dr. Yifat Thareani (


The volunteers and the scientific team will he hosted at the Bet Sefer Sade Achziv or Field School Achziv. It is situated at walking distance from the site in front of the seashore. The volunteers are staying in large bungalows with all the commodities (shower, small kitchen, etc.), 3 or 4 people per room. Meals (lunch and dinner) are taken in the dining room of the field school.


Dr. Michael Jasmin
AMATA - Michael Jasmin 63 Avenue Parmentier
Paris 75011
Phone: 00 33 (0)6 28 91 17 77

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment