The Roman Lighthouse at Akko, Israel

Baruch Rosen, Ehud Galili, Dov Zviely

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During Roman rule Akko, in Israel, was a major Levantine seaport. Historical, numismatic and archaeological evidence shows that often Roman maritime-associated activities, in the Levant and elsewhere, included the building or maintenance of lighthouses. No clear indications of a Roman lighthouse in Akko are known. Re-examination of navigational considerations, coastal archaeological surveys, underwater investigations and numismatic evidence supports the proposition that a Roman lighthouse existed there. It is suggested that the lighthouse was situated on an islet near the harbour entrance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Coins
  • Harbour
  • Levant coast
  • Mediterranean
  • Navigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology


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