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The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1

Edited by Martin Peilstöcker
Edited by Aaron A. Burke

Recipient of the G. Ernest Wright Award for Best Archaeological Publication, American Schools of Oriental Research, 2011

In 2007 the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP) was established as a joint research endeavor of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the project’s diverse aims is the publication of numerous excavations conducted in Jaffa since 1948 under the auspices of various governmental and research institutions such as the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums and its successor, the Israel Antiquities Authority, as well as the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project. This, the first volume in the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project series, lays the groundwork for this initiative. Part I provides the historical, economic, and legal context for the JCHP’s development, while outlining its objectives and the unique opportunities that Jaffa offers researchers. The history of Jaffa and its region, and the major episodes of cultural change that affected the site and region are explored through a series of articles in Part II, including an illustrated discussion of historical maps of Jaffa from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recent archaeological discoveries from Jaffa are included in Part III, while Part IV provides a first glimpse of the JCHP’s efforts to publish the Jacob Kaplan and Haya Ritter-Kaplan legacy from Jaffa. Together the twenty-five contributions to this work constitute the first major book-length publication to address the archaeology of Jaffa in more than sixty years since excavations were initiated at the site.


Martin Peilstöcker is a faculty member at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität and director of the archaeological excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jaffa.

Aaron A. Burke is associate professor of Near Eastern archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.


"Martin Peilstöcker and Aaron Burke’s work, The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1, represents a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the eastern Mediterranean. The volume includes a collection of essays on the material remains of Jaffa from the Middle Bronze Age to the Crusader Period, representing the basic framework for research on Jaffa, past, present, and future. Along with the recent explorations of Jaffa, the re-analysis and publication of materials excavated by the late Jacob Kaplan provide a research model for further works in larger projects of urban archaeology." - American Schools of Oriental Research


Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 312 pages 16 color photos, 106 figures, 38 tables