Sebastos, the Harbor Complex of Caesarea Maritima, Israel: The Preliminary Report of the 1978 Underwater Explorations

  • Robert L. Hohlfelder
  • John P. Oleson


From the 28th of May to the 21st of June, 1978, a team of three individuals conducted a preliminary archaeological survey of the harbors and shoreline of Caesarea Maritima, the major Roman and Byzantine city on the coast of ancient Palestine (Frova 1965, Levine 1975a, 1975b, Ringel 1975). This ancient metropolis and its extraordinary port and habor facilities were constructed by Herod the Great at the end of the First Century B.C. (Oestreicher 1962) and were in use until ca. 640 A.D., when the city and its environs fell to Arab conquerors. The site of Caesarea (32°30.5′N, 34°53.5′E) is located ca. 45 km south of the modern city of Haifa on the Mediterranean coast of Israel and now embraces the farms, residences and industries of Kibbutz Sdot Yam.


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  • Robert L. Hohlfelder
  • John P. Oleson

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