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The Apollonia-Arsuf Archaeological Project

Apollonia-Arsuf is located on a kurkar ridge overlooking the Mediterranean shore some 15 north of Tel Aviv. The history of Apollonia-Arsuf, first as a coastal settlement and later as a maritime urban centre, covers a period of approximately eighteen centuries, from the late 6th century B.C.E. Persian period through the mid-13th century C.E. Crusader’s time.

In 2002 the site of Apollonia-Arsuf became opened for visitors. In 2004 the site was formally recognized as one of the 100 most endangered world monuments by the World Monuments Fund, and in 2006 it was included in the tentative list of world heritage Crusader castles by UNESCO.

The Apollonia-Arsuf excavation is an on-going research project which began in 1950 on behalf of the Israel Department of Antiquities.  The first large-scale excavations at Apollonia-Arsuf were carried out in 1977 by I. Roll who directed seventeen seasons of excavations at the site until 2004 starting in a salvage excavation on behalf of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums. It was only in 1982, that the project became an academic excavation, on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. Beginning in 1998 through 2000 excavations were carried out at the site as a joint venture of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

In 2006 the eighteenth season of excavations at Apollonia-Arsuf was carried as a joint venture of the Artemis and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World of Brown University. Excavations were directed by I. Roll and O. Tal of Tel Aviv University, which was awarded with directorship and responsibility over future excavations at Apollonia-Arsuf, and with the assistance of K. Galor of Brown University.

Excavations at the site are intended to continue in order to better the understanding of the site, its economic basis and political affinity, as well as its cultural and economic interactions with other Mediterranean centers during its periods of successive occupation. 

Members of the Foundation for Archaeological Research of the Land of Israel will actively participate as staff members in the coming 2010 excavations. The Foundation will also support the Apollonia-Arsuf Archaeological Project financially. Help us support this important project! Donate Now! 

If you wish to volunteer at Apollonia-Arsuf click here for further details and registration!


Further Links: 

The Apollonia-Arsuf Archaeological Project Homepage at Tel Aviv University.

The Apollonia-Arsuf Archaeological Project Homepage at Brown University.


Prof. I. RolI Interview about Apollonia