Hamna i Akko / Ptolemais

Hamnebyen Akko som ligg nord i Israel, er full av historie. Paulus var innom her (Akko = Ptolemais) på veg frå den tredje misjonsreisa til Jerusalem. Apostelgjerningane fortel at han kom dit med båt, besøkte dei kristne der og drog vidare sørover til Cæsarea:

Så fór vi frå Tyros til Ptolemais og hadde då fullført sjøferda. Vi helsa på syskena våre der og var ein dag hos dei. Dagen etter drog vi derifrå og kom til Cæsarea. (Apg 21,7-8a)

Det er nyleg funne restar av hamneanlegg frå hellenistisk tid i Akko:

Remains of a unique and impressive floor were discovered at a depth of one meter underwater in Akko harbor. The remains constitute the first evidence of a low sea level during the Hellenistic period in Akko. The floor remains were discovered during archaeological excavations and inspections that the Israel Antiquities Authority Marine Archaeology Unit is carrying out within the framework of rehabilitating Akko’s southern seawall.

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The part of the floor that has been revealed so far extends for a distance of 15 meters and is 4 meters wide (the full dimensions of the floor have not yet been exposed). The floor was built of rectangular, smoothly dressed kurkar stones that were placed atop a foundation course of roughly hewn kurkar stones arranged next to each other as “headers”. In probes that were conducted beneath the floor, numerous fragments of ceramic jars of Aegean provenance (from Rhodes, Kos and elsewhere) were found that were used to transport wine, as well as tableware and cooking vessels. Among the other artifacts recovered were a Greek style bronze arrowhead and bronze coins that are covered with marine encrustations. A preliminary identification of the finds shows that the floor was constructed in the Hellenistic period (end of the third century until the middle of the second century BCE) as part of a national project. (Les meir)

(via BiblePlaces Blog)

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