Atlit-yam: A unique 9000 year old prehistoric village submerged off the carmel coast, Israel – The SPLASHCOS field school (2011)

Ehud Galili, Jonathan Benjamin, Israel Hershkovitz, Mina Weinstein-Evron, Irit Zohar, Vered Eshed, Deborah Cvikel, Jehuda Melamed, Yaacov Kahanov, Jean Bergeron, Clive Ruggles, Avraham Ronen, Liora Kolska Horwitz

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The site of Atlit-Yam is one of the best preserved and most thoroughly investigated submerged prehistoric settlements in the world, with a wealth of finds of material culture and organic remains characteristic of a Pre-Pottery Neolithic village based on a mixed economy of farming and fishing 9000 years ago.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Research Library
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCoastal Research Library
ISSN (Print)2211-0577
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0585

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing AG 2017.


The 2011 excavation at Atlit-Yam was undertaken within the framework of a field school organized by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, both at the University of Haifa. Other associated institutions included The Israel Prehistoric Society, The Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, Faculty of Medicine at the Tel-Aviv University and the Eco-Ocean organisation. The entire activity was supported and funded by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Trans-Domain Action TD0902 SPLASHCOS, with a contribution also coming from Alpha-Zoulou Films (a Canadian production company), who filmed the process and interviewed the team as part of a scientific documentary. Other supporters of the Atlit-Yam project included: The National Geographic Foundation, The Irene Levi Care Archaeological Foundation, The Dan David Foundation, The Margolis Foundation, the Honor Frost Foundation and the Leplestat family. We are grateful to them all. Last but not least, we thank all the divers and the volunteers and the underwater photographers J. Galili, I. Greenberg and A. Zaid.

FundersFunder number
Dan David Foundation
Irene Levi Care Archaeological Foundation
Israel Antiquities Authority
Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies
Leplestat family
Margolis Foundation
Tel-Aviv University
Zinman Institute of Archaeology
National Geographic Society Education Foundation
Honor Frost Foundation
Prehistoric Society
European Cooperation in Science and Technology
University of Haifa


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