History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1, The


Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 26
ISBN: 978-1-931745-81-9
Publication Date: Jun 2011
Price: Hb $69.00, eBook $55.00
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Martin Peilstöcker and 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.History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1 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 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 

Table of Contents

Part I. The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project and Archaeological Research in Jaffa

  • Ch. 01: The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project: Objectives, Organization, Strategies, and Implementation by Aaron A. Burke and Martin Peilstöcker
  • Ch. 02: The History of Archaeological Research in Jaffa, 1948–2009 by Martin Peilstöcker
  • Appendix 1: Excavation Licenses and Permits Issued for Jaffa between 1948 and 2009
  • Ch. 03: Cultural Heritage Management: The Flea Market and Clock Tower Square Excavations by Moshe Ajami
  • Appendix 3.1: Law of Antiquities
  • Appendix 3.2: The Policy of the Israel Antiquities Authority for Jaffa
  • Ch. 04: Conservation Projects by LilahStrul
  • Ch. 05: Archaeology and Geographic Information Systems Analysis by George A. Pierce

Part II. Jaffa’s Historical and Regional Setting

  • Ch. 06: Early Jaffa: From the Bronze Age to the Persian Period by Aaron A. Burke
  • Ch. 07: Jaffa in Its Regional Context during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages by Wolfgang Zwickel