Monograph Series No. 19

The Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology

Monograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University

No. 19

Aphek-Antipatris I: Excavation of Areas A and B—The 1972–1976 Seasons

Moshe Kochavi

Moshe Kochavi, Pirhiyah Beck and Esther Yadin
Editors

Contributions by:
Pirhiyah Beck, Raphael Frankel, Zvi Gal, Esther Yadin, Barush Arensburg, Shlomo Bunimovitz, Claudine Dauphin, Shlomo Hellwing, Arieh Kindler, Nili Liphschitz, Ilana Mozel, Israel Roll and Sariel Shalev

Tel Aviv 2000


From the second millennium BCE onwards, Aphek-Antipatris is mentioned in ancient written sources. Situated at the headwaters of the Yarkon River, its strategic position at the bottle-neck, through which passed all routes linking the major powers of the ancient Near East, led to the growth of flourishing cities at Tel Aphek (formerly known as Ras el’Ain). Almost continuous habitation from the Chalcolithic to Ottoman periods produced a 12 hectare mound standing 15 m above its surroundings. This volume presents the historical background and describes the results of the first five seasons of excavation at this site. Sparse remains of the first fortified city dated to the EB I were found, but more extensive areas of the Middle Bronze Age layers were exposed. Analysis of the stratigraphy together with the ceramic typology clarified the phasing of the MB IIA in the Levant. The results of this in-depth research provide significant reference material for scholars dealing with this period.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: HISTORICAL SURVEY

Chapter 2: IDENTIFICATION OF THE SITE
Raphael Frankel and Moshe Kochavi

Chapter 3: HISTORY OF APHEK-ANTIPATRIS
Raphael Frankel and Moshe Kochavi

Chapter 4: ROMAN MILESTONES IN THE VICINITY OF APHEK-ANTIPATRIS
Israel Roll

Chapter 5: COINS OF THE CITY OF ANTIPATRIS
Arie Kindler

Chapter 6: BISHOP POLYCHRONIUS OF ANTIPATRIS
Claudine Dauphin

PART TWO: EARLY AND MIDDLE BRONZE AGE REMAINS

Chapter 7: AREA B: STRATIGRAPHY, ARCHITECTURE AND TOMBS
Zvi Gal and Moshe Kochavi

Chapter 8: AREA B POTTERY
Pirhiyah Beck

Chapter 9: AREA A: STRATIGRAPHY, ARCHITECTURE AND TOMBS
Esther Yadin and Moshe Kochavi

Chapter 10: AREA A: MIDDLE BRONZE AGE II POTTERY
Pirhiyah Beck

Chapter 11: THE MIDDLE BRONZE AGE IIA POTTERY REPERTOIRE: A COMPARATIVE STUDY
Pirhiyah Beck

PART THREE: NON-CERAMIC FINDS

Chapter 12: FLINT IMPLEMENTS
Ilana Mozel

Chapter 13: METAL ARTEFACTS: TYPOLOGICAL DISCUSSION
Shlomo Bunimovitz

METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS
Sariel Shalev

Chapter 14: HUMAN SKELETAL REMAINS
Baruch Arensburg

Chapter 15: FAUNAL REMAINS
Shlomo Hellwing

Chapter 16: ARCHAEOBOTANICAL REMAINS
Nili Liphschitz

Bibliography of the Aphek-Antipatris Expedition


ISBN 965-266-014-0, xiv+332 pages, 204 maps, plans, drawings and photographs.
Hard Cover. Price $60.00

MONOGRAPH SERIES OF THE SONIA AND MARCO NADLER INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY