A closer view of the other Aphek – of Asher

Early in the year I posted an article here about “The other Aphek – of Asher” in which I included some aerial views of the site and explained the difference between this site and the better known Aphek in Sharon. Earlier this year I made a visit to the northern site (locally spelled Afek).

I will repeat one of the photos to provide some perspective.This view shows the tel, the nature reserve and the plain of Acre. The biblical tel is marked by the red oval.

Aphek of Asher. View north-northeast toward the Ladder of Tyre. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Aphek of Asher. View N-NE toward the Ladder of Tyre.  Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Here is a close view of the tel.

Tel Aphek of Asher. View northeast toward the border with Lebanon. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Tel Aphek of Asher. View NE toward the border with Lebanon. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has a nice PDF English brochure about the Afeq Nature Reserve here. The brochure provides a brief history of the tel.

A number of archaeological surveys have been carried out on Tel Afeq. They have revealed finds going back to the Canaanite period, beginning around 5,000 years ago. A row of large field stones discovered here is apparently a remnant of the most ancient city wall, dating from the Middle Bronze age (the tenth to sixth centuries BCE). During the Canaanite period a purple dye industry developed here, based on excretions from snails harvested from the sea. Glass was also produced here using sand from the beach at Acre and the surrounding area. Both these industries made the area very important economically.
In a salvage dig in May 1998 at the northern edge of the tell, human remains were found, along with pottery vessels and tombs from the Middle and Late Bronze ages (19th-13th centuries BCE).

Bible Walks has many photos, historical references, and a Google earth map with identifications here.

If you choose to enjoy the whole area you will need a few hours.

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