Five decades of marine archaeology in Israel

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The history of maritime archaeology in Israel began in the 1950s. This article summarizes the emergence of the discipline and its evolution, the main institutions involved, the physical conditions and their influence on the nature of ancient maritime activity, the nature of the sites, site formation, post-deposition processes, and the associated methodologies of underwater archaeological research. The typology of sites and significant finds that have been studied are briefly reviewed. These range from submerged Neolithic settlements inundated by the postglacial rising sea level, harbors, anchorages, shipwrecks, and cargoes up to World War II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-141
Number of pages43
JournalJournal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2018

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© 2018 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.


  • Dead sea
  • Harbors
  • Mediterranean sea
  • Sea of galilee
  • Shipwrecks
  • Submerged settlements
  • Underwater archaeology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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