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Participate in the 2014 excavations. For credit enrollment, visit UCLA Travel Study.

Check out the latest JCHP initiative: IOPPA MARITIMA.

The 2013 to 2015 excavations are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more.
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Welcome to the webpage for the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP). The JCHP is a multidisciplinary research project addressing the archaeology and history of Jaffa, which is located on the coast of Israel on the south side of Tel Aviv. In addition to an overview of the project, this website provides up-to-date information about the people on our team, research projects, publications, resources, members, and support of the JCHP.

Regular updates are made to many of the general resources posted here such as bibliography, plans and figures, and internet resources for Jaffa. These also address many of the new tools that members of the project are employing such as 3D scanning and visualization, the OCHRE database, and Hypercities. White papers describe the project's experience using certain tools.

Additionally, those interested in participating in the project's research through its archaeological field school, volunteering, or contributing can find information here.

Updated lists of annual reports, publications, and presentations by members of the project can also be found here, as well as updates to projects such as the JCHP’s excavations, the Kaplan Publication Initiative, the Cultural Atlas of Jaffa, and our efforts to identify Jaffa's ancient harbor, Ioppa Maritima. Check also for videos related to Jaffa and the project's activities.

Latest News

Enrollment Open for 2014 Excavations in Jaffa with UCLA Travel Study

The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, a joint effort of UCLA and the Israel Antiquities Authority, invites you to join its archaeological field school in the old city of Jaffa on the south side of Tel Aviv this summer. The excavations are part of an NEH-funded initiative to explore the New Kingdom Egyptian fortress at the site. This program will introduce students to archaeological methods and practices commonly employed in Near Eastern archaeology through an array of hands-on, day-to-day activities. Students will be exposed to the basics of archaeological field methods, record keeping, preservation, artifact analysis, and data management by working closely with the project’s staff. Weekend field trips to archaeological and historical sites in Israel are included.

To enroll in the upcoming excavations of the Egyptian fortress in Jaffa, Israel (June 27 to August 1, 2014) for 8 hours of university credit, visit UCLA Travel Study's Jaffa Excavations program website. For other enrollment options and more details concerning participation, please visit the JCHP Participate page.

Posted November 17, 2013 (Back to top)

Tel Yafo, 2013 Excavations
The Tel Yafo excavations in June and July 2013, directed by Aaron A. Burke and Martin Peilstöcker, centered on the exposure of the intensively burned remains of the fourteenth century B.C. gate complex of an Egyptian fortress in Jaffa, Israel—the only Egyptian gate excavated in Israel to date. The extent of the burning attested within the gate complex was already evident during the 2012 season when a commemorative scarab of Amenhotep III dated to the mid-fourteenth century B.C. was discovered within the upper layers of the destruction...Read more.

The 2013 to 2015 excavations are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For opportunities to participate in the 2014 excavations, please visit the Participate page.

Posted September 10, 2013 (Back to top)

Jaffa Exhibit: Jaffa: Tor zum Heiligen Land
Bibelhaus ExhibitThe exhibition “Jaffa: Tor zum Heiligen Land” (Gate to the Holy Land) is set to open at the Bibelhaus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany on September 27, 2013 and will run through May 18, 2014. For more information, visit the exhibition’s homepage. The accompanying volume with catalog of finds on display is also now available for purchase.

See preview in German on YouTube.

Posted June 24, 2013 (Back to top)

Jaffa Excavations Featured in Popular Archaeology
The recent efforts of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project are now featured in a March 2013 Popular Archaeology article. Read more about the Egyptian gate excavations and their relationship to the Kaplan Excavations Publication Initiative.

Posted March 13, 2013 (Back to top)

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Page last updated: April 23, 2014 by Aaron Burke