Archaeology, Heritage, and Conservation in Akko, Israel

This program combines excavation, conservation, heritage studies, and community engagement at the site of Akko, Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The project is a run by faculty from Penn State, UMass Amherst, Trinity College, and the University of Haifa. Students learn archaeological excavation and survey methods on the remains of a site that has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. They experience the role played by the distant past in today's political and cultural discourses, and work with stakeholders from communities in Akko to determine the future of the past at the site.

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July 1, 2012


24120 Acre

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Michael Sugerman

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Michael Sugerman

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College of Humanities and Fine Arts/LLC/Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences/Anthropology
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences/Center for Heritage & Society

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Journal Article Report

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Annual reports to the Israel Department of Antiquities
Olson, B., et al., 2013, The Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project (Akko, Israel): Assessing the suitability of multi-scale 3D field recording in archaeology. Journal of Field Archaeology 38(3): 244-262