(Biblical Archaeology Review) Excavations at Akko (Acre) have exposed archaeological evidence of the Israel’s largest Hellenistic harbor, according to an Israel Antiquities Authority Press release Tuesday.

Named Ptolemais in the Hellensitic period, the UNESCO World Heritage site had diverse affiliations in its millennia-long occupation. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major emporium for the ancient world. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical and biblical accounts.

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