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Project Description

The site of Yafo, ancient Jaffa (Gk. Joppa; Ar. Yafa), is situated south of the modern city of Tel Aviv on the coast of Israel between Caesarea and Gaza, about 60 km northwest of Jerusalem. The site consists of an ancient tell built on a kurkar sandstone ridge overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and during various periods also included a sprawling lower city. As a major tell and port along the coast of the southern Levant its occupation reflects most periods from the Middle Bronze Age through the present. Jaffa, therefore, joins a select number of sites that shared extensive connections not only with neighboring sites in the coastal plain but also with distant maritime commercial centers throughout the Mediterranean world. More than 120 archaeological excavations and numerous conservation projects have been carried out here, some of them still continuing in these days.

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