Underwater Archaeology Lecture

imageThe Helen Diller Family Annual Lecture Series

The Friedns of the Israel Antiquities Authority invites you to: Underwater Archaeology in Israel -Recent Discoveries, a fascinating lecture by Jacob Sharvit, an Israel Antiquities Authority Underwater Archaeology Senior Archaeologist. The lecture will be given on Wednesday, March 28th, at 7 PM, at the Koret Auditorium at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and on Sunday, April 1st, at 1 PM, at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

imageThis lecture is the fifth in the Helen Diller Family Annual Lecture Series: Archaeological Discoveries in Israel. The lecture series is made possible by a generous grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, to the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Israel is generally regarded as a country in which the influence of maritime activities has played a secondary role. However, this picture has substantially changed in the past several years. The southern Levantine coasts have been a nursery for maritime civilizations since the Pre- Pottery Neolithic period. These coasts are the closest marine environments to the core areas in which plants and animals were first domesticated. The first agro-pastoral-marine subsistence systems (so called "Mediterranean fishing villages") emerged on these coasts during the 9th millennium B.P. During historical periods, the Israeli coast has been a crossroads for busy trading routes of many civilizations. Thousands of years of commerce, fishing, seafaring and naval warfare have left an abundance of archaeological remains and artifacts on the coasts and sea beds of the Mediterranean, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea.

imageRecently, underwater rescue surveys and excavations have been undertaken in Akko, Dor, Caesarea, Ashqelon and Atlit revealing impressive finds such as shipwrecks, cargos, treasures, submerged prehistoric villages, harbors and anchorages. These ongoing underwater archaeological activities conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority enable us to present a clearer picture of the Mediterranean sites of Israel.

We very much hope that you will have an opportunity to join us for this exciting lecture. This lecture series is another step in our efforts to bring the archaeology of the Holy Land to people throughout the world.

For additional information on the Underwater Archaeological work of the IAA, please click on the following link:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/modules_eng.asp?Module_id=85

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