Tel Akko

Modern Science Meets Ancient History

Located on the Mediterranean Sea at the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre/Akko is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge archaeological project and field school that combines excavation, survey, geographic information systems (GIS), conservation, heritage studies and public archaeology. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major trade emporium. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Greek and Biblical documents. Excavations on Tel Akko, the 22 hectare mound located on the edge of the modern city of Akko, have uncovered remains of Canaanite, Sea Peoples, Phoenician, Assyrian, Persian and Greek culture.

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The goals of the 2016 project are (1) to continue excavation of Akko’s Phoenician city, investigating the impact of Assyrian imperialism there, (2) to continue the intensive survey of Tel Akko, especially on the southwest side of the mound where the Bronze and Iron Age harbor of ancient Akko is proposed to have been located, and (3) to continue a unique program of community engagement that embeds the study of ancient Akko within the goals of the contemporary communities of the city.

Ann E. Killebrew

Ann E. KillebrewAnn E. Killebrew is Associate Professor in the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department, Jewish Studies program and Anthropology Department at Penn State University. She has been actively involved in fieldwork for the past 25 years and has excavated at many sites including Tel Akko, Megiddo, Qasrin, Beth Shean, Miqne-Ekron and Jericho.

Michal Artzy

Michal ArtzyMichal Artzy is a Professor Emeritus and Director of the Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa. She is one of the leading researchers in coastal archaeology and the archaeology of trade in the eastern Mediterranean and has excavated at many sites around Carmel, Akko and the coast of Israel.

Dig Directors

Ann E. Killebrew
Michal Artzy

Geographic Location

Akko, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze Age through Hellenistic, with a current focus on Iron II and Persian

Dates of the Dig

July 1 – 28, 2018

Minimum Stay

Four weeks

Application Due

April 1, 2018


$4,000/four-week season (includes organized field trips, tours of historic Akko, daily lectures, group travel to and from the airport in Israel, room & board, evacuation insurance). Not included: airfare, travel health insurance, and academic credit

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Academic credit is available. Please contact Prof. Gary Gilbert ( for more information..


All students will stay in the dormitory of the Akko Nautical Academy. The Academy is located on the beach one block away from the gates of the Old City of Akko. There will normally be 3 to 4 students per room. All rooms are air-conditioned, and each building has internet access. The project provides laundry service, also located in the dormitory. All meals are provided by the Nautical Academy, including breakfast on the tell and lunch and supper in the dining hall.


Dr. Gary Gilbert
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: 909.607.1877

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment