11th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

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Workshop Charaf/Dixon/Killebrew

Phoenicians in Phoenicia: New Directions and Recent Discoveries

Organizers: Hanan Charaf (Lebanese University) / Helen Dixon (Wofford College) / Ann E. Killebrew (Pennsylvania State University)


This workshop explores ongoing and rapidly increasing archaeological research in the Phoenician Levantine homeland, geographically spanning the coastal regions of the modern states of Syria, Lebanon, and northern Israel. This new evidence is reshaping our understanding of Phoenician religion, daily life, industries, commerce, economy, history, and culture during the Iron Age through the Persian period (ca. 1000 – 300 BCE). Papers will focus on the ways in which new discoveries are transforming the conventional academic picture of Phoenicia and will highlight areas where methods or research questions can be productively redirected. The workshop will comprise two sections: The first session will focus on archaeological and synthetic work from the Northern Levant (Lebanon and Syria), while the second session will address Phoenician sites in the Southern Levant (Israel). While the aims of the sessions are to share recent and especially yet-unpublished findings and researches, the ultimate goal of the workshop is to integrate ongoing work from the entire Phoenician coast to reconstruct a trans-regional holistic picture, with implications for the archaeology, history and, religion of the wider eastern Mediterranean.


Carolina Aznar Sanchez (Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus)
Michal Artzy (Hatter Laboratory, Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa)
Maria-Eugenia Aubet (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)
Aaron Brody (Pacific School of Religion)
Hanan Charaf (Lebanese University)
Helen Dixon (Wofford College)
Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa)
Michael Jasmin (Orient et Méditerranée, URM 8167, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Ann E. Killebrew (The Pennsylvania State University and Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa)
Ida Oggiano (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico)
Tatiana Pedrazzi (Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico)
Hélène Sader (American University of Beirut)
Aaron Schmitt (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Ilan Sharon (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Yifat Thareani (Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Hebrew Union College)


Northern Levant session
Chairs: Hanan Charaf/Helen Dixon
09:30 Helen Dixon: Digitally Reconstructing Phoenician Sacred Space in the Northern Levant
10:00 Maria-Eugenia Aubet: Excavations at Tyre
10:30 Ida Oggiano: Excavations at the Site of Jemjim, Southern Lebanon
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Tatiana Pedrazzi: Phoenician Storage Jars from the Site of Jemjim, Southern Lebanon
12:00 Hélène Sader: Excavations at Tell Burak
12:30 Aaron Schmitt: Results from the Survey in Southern Lebanon
13:00 Lunch break

Southern Levant session
Chair: Ann Killebrew
14:00 Ayelet Gilboa/Ilan Sharon: Dor and the Definition of Early Phoenicianism
14:30 Carolina Aznar Sanchez: Phoenicians in the Southern Akko Plain: Recent Discoveries
15:00 Michael Jasmin/Yifat Thareani: Aspects of the Phoenician Religion: Clay Cultic and Mortuary Masks
15:30 Ann Killebrew: Reconstructing Phoenician Iron Production at Tel Akko, Israel
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Michal Artzy: Searching for Tel Akko Phoenician Anchorage/Harbor
17:00 Aaron Brody: Iron IIA/IIB Ceramics from Tel Akko's Area H: Typological Conclusions and Phoenician Connections