The 19th-Century Akko Tower Wreck, Israel: a summary of the first two excavation seasons

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The shipwreck designated as the Akko Tower Wreck lies at the entrance of Akko harbour, Israel, 35 m north of the Tower of Flies, in 4.4 m of water. Following two seasons (2012 and 2013) of underwater excavation, it is suggested that it is the remains of a merchant brig of 200 tons, dated to the first half of the 19th century, and built under the influence of the French shipbuilding tradition in an established shipyard. The full story of the ship and its place in the maritime history of Akko, however, remains an enigma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-422
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The underwater excavations and research of the Akko Tower Wreck are supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 447/12), the Honor Frost Foundation, the Rector and the Research Authority, University of Haifa, to whom the author is grateful. Thanks are due to L. Vallauri, Laboratoire d'Arch?ologie M?di?vale et Moderne en M?diterran?e, Universit? d'Aix-Marseille, CNRS, M. Milanese, Universit? degli studi di Sassari, and M. Librenti, Universit? Ca' Foscari Venezia, for their valuable advice on the tiles; J. B. Tresman for the English editing; and the Akko Dive Team. This article is dedicated to the memory of Ronald G. Marlar, enthusiastic supporter of the Akko underwater excavations project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Author. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology © 2016 The Nautical Archaeology Society.


  • Akko
  • Akko Tower Wreck
  • brass nails
  • brig

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology


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