The day began on the bus at 7am, Sunday morning. It was very exciting to discover that Paul and Diane Wright were coming with us. Dr. Wright spent part of the 3 hour ride to Acco teaching about the regions and geological formations we were driving through. That stuff is always interesting to me even when I’m hearing it for the 5th or 6th time.
Technically, Acco is not in the Coastal Plain. It is in the Acco Plain. The Coastal Plain ends at the Mt. Carmel Range. Just to the north of Mt. Carmel lie Haifa and Acco on either side of one of the only natural ports on the east end of the Mediterranean Sea. Acco shows up throughout ancient history, but the ancient remains you can see there today are primarily those left behind by the Crusaders. It was the chief port and eventually the final stronghold of the Crusaders in this region.
About 500 years after the Crusaders were driven from Acco by the Mamelukes, Napoleon Bonaparte came here and attempted to take the city. His attempt was unsuccessful. The Ottoman Turks who ruled the region were able, with British help, to repel Napoleon and withstand his siege. Below are some pictures from around the Old City of Acco. As you can see from some of the pictures, the city is built up against the Mediterranean Sea.
If you click on the pictures you will find that they contain captions which often provide interesting information on the contents of the picture.
Dor The settlement at Dor began sometime in the Bronze Ages. It shows up in the Biblical text as an ally of Jabin, king of Hazor (Joshua 11:1-2; 12:23). It also appears in Judges 1:27 and 1 Kings 4:11. Though it was probably within the region allotted to the tribe of Asher, it does not appear that this city was controlled by the Israelites until the time of King Solomon in the 10th century BCE.
This city, like Acco, sits on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. This meant that this port city was usually controlled by those peoples who were accustomed to moving about on the sea such as the Phoenicians and the Greeks. Today, Hebrew University is carrying out excavations on the tel. You can view pictures of my visit to Dor below.