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Area H : 1996

We opened this new area to the south of Area F, above the smaller, southern Roman foundation. A wonderful cache of intact Crusader pottery of the 13th century AD and a less wonderful lime kiln quickly appeared, followed by a large N-S wall, which may be the temenos wall of the southern building--if indeed this too was cultic in function. Under the terracing connected with this wall, we discovered well-preserved early Roman house walls that had once been richly-frescoed, and a Roman mosaic featuring two fish and a trident. Further excavation to the west of the "temenos" wall revealed a massively-constructed stone chamber and a small doorway which lead us to suspect that we may be inside one of the towers of the town's seaward fortifications in Hellenistic times.

Cache of Crusader period pots

Two Roman period lamps. The left one shows a cherub, and the right one a chariot scene

Roman mosaic featuring two fish and a trident

Yearly reports for Area H:
1996, 1997, 1999 , 2000

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