High-rise to Feature Ancient Citadel in Basement

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January 10, 2016

Architects in Israel’s northernmost coastal city of Nahariya are incorporating into the design of a high-rise apartment building the remains of a citadel that flourished more than 3,000 years ago.

Recent excavations by a team of archaeologists that included adults and high school students found ceramic figurines, bronze weapons, and imported pottery, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The students were from Nahariya’s Shchakim High School.

The citadel dates to 1400 B.C. Excavations showed evidence of four major fires and of extensive rebuilding of the citadel after each major fire.

Nahariya itself is a relatively new city, dating only to the 20th Century. At the time of the citadel’s busiest days, the area would have been ruled by the ancient Canaanites and, later, the ancient Israelities, the Persian Empire, and other ancient peoples.

The citadel would have had a port and would have formed an administrative function for relations between various peoples from across the Mediterraenan region, IAA officials said.

The citadel will remain intact and will be in the basement of the apartment building, IAA officials said.

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