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Authored by: Trevor Bryce , Heather D. Baker , Daniel T. Potts , Jonathan N. Tubb , Jennifer M. Webb , Paul Zimansky

The Routledge Handbook of the Peoples and Places of Ancient Western Asia

Print publication date:  July  2009
Online publication date:  September  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415394857
eBook ISBN: 9780203875506
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Jaffa (Joppa) (map 8) Port-city on the coast of Palestine, located today in Israel in a suburb of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The site’s history of occupation is represented by eight archaeological strata, extending from Middle Bronze Age II to the Roman imperial period. It was excavated by P. L. O. Guy from 1945 to 1950 for the Israel Dept of Antiquities, by J. Bowman and B. S. J. Isserlin in 1952 for the University of Leeds, and by J. Kaplan from 1955 to 1974 for the Museum of Antiquities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. There are material remains of all periods of its history, the most significant of which are a large Middle Bronze Age fortified enclosure with earth rampart, and a C13 citadel gate system with mudbrick walls and sandstone door jambs, the latter inscribed with titles and an inscription of Ramesses II (1279–1213).


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