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About the program
Over the years, archaeological excavations in Caesarea, which were supported by the Caesarea Development Corporation in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Antiquities Authority, have led to major discoveries, which can shed new light on Caesarea in particular and on the ancient world in general. Prominent among them are findings from the excavation at the Caesarea Vaults, which were safely restored but have never been academically researched. Such research has a significant potential to expose the excavations to the international academic community and position Caesarea on the global archaeology map.
The Caesarea Marittima Project creates, for the first time, a research collaboration between New York University (NYU), Tel Aviv University, and Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), enabling each institution to bring its singular added value to a broad research project in Caesarea. Students and researchers from the U.S. will come to Israel, to work together with students and researchers from Tel Aviv University and experts from the IAA. The project’s outcomes will be manifested in a variety of research projects, publications, conferences, and exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
- A first-ever academic-scientific investigation of the findings recently uncovered at the Caesarea excavations, employing advanced research methodologies and integrating a wide range of fields.
- Building a partnership among leading universities in Israel and abroad and the IAA, for the benefit of research based on the new findings from the Caesarea excavations.
- Providing international exposure to the findings to both the research community and the general public.
Mode of operation
A local steering committee representing the three partner institutes and the Foundation and an international steering committee of researchers accompany the research project. As part of the project, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, and graduate students from the two universities and the IAA will be exposed to the findings and lead research in several Caesarea-related fields. The researchers will be accompanied by Dr. Guy Stiebel from Tel Aviv University, Dr. Yifat Thareani from NYU, and Dr. Doron Ben-Ami from the IAA.
As part of the project, a digital database of the Caesarea excavations will be established for the benefit of the studies, serving researchers from the partner institutions, as well as others from throughout the world. In addition, undergraduate students from NYU will study in Israel, taking an active part in the research alongside students from Tel Aviv University. During the two years of research, the results of those studies will be presented at major international conferences; international conferences will be held in Caesarea and in New York, U.S., focusing on Caesarea and the Mediterranean Basin. A collection of research papers and a book on the Caesarea studies will be produced to accompany the conferences and, at the project’s end, an international exhibition will be held.
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from the IAA