In February 2019, a salvage excavation was conducted at Kafr Yasif (Permit No. A-8423; map. ref. 215091/762081), prior to construction. The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by J.A. Sánchez Streger, with the assistance of Y. Ya‘akobi and A. Lavan (administration), Y. Lerer and G. Cinamon (inspection), M. Peleg (field photography and three-dimensional model), K. Covello-Paran (scientific guidance), H. Tahan-Rosen (plan and pottery drawing), A. Abu-Hamid (preliminary inspections), D. Sandhaus-Re’em (pottery), A. Shapiro (location map) and workers from Kafr Yasif and Tamra.
The excavation was conducted in the Dar el-Gharbiya neighborhood in the western part of the town (for background and sources, see Zedan 2017; Sánchez Streger 2020). One square was excavated, yielding the remains of a single-stratum building from the Hellenistic period.
The excavation uncovered two walls (W102, W104; length 3.5 m and 3.0 m respectively; Figs. 2, 3) creating a corner and built of ashlars and medium-sized dressed stones set on bedrock. Wall 102 survived to a height of two courses, and W104—to a height of one course. The walls were abutted by a floor bedding (L103) made of small fieldstones that filled cracks in the bedrock. Above the bedding were numerous pottery sherds, including bowls (Fig. 4:1–7), cooking pots (Fig. 4:8, 9), storage jars (Fig. 10:4–15), amphorae (Fig. 4:16–18), a juglet (Fig. 4:19) and lamps (Fig. 4:20, 21). The pottery finds, which are dated to the Hellenistic period (Berlin and Stone 2016), are mostly local and typical of sites along the Phoenician coast.
The excavation revealed the remains of a single-stratum settlement which existed during the fourth and third centuries BCE. These findings differ from those of previous excavations at the site, which unearthed remains from a variety of periods (Zedan 2017). The entire pottery assemblage from the present excavation dates from the Hellenistic period, and includes local vessels as well as imported ones. These findings and the geographical location of the site attest to the presence of a Phoenician settlement and contribute to our understanding of the settlement history of the region.
Berlin A.M. and Stone P.J. 2016. The Hellenistic and Early Roman Pottery. In M. Hartal, D. Syon, E. Stern and A. Tatcher. ‘Akko II: The 1991–1998 Excavations; The Early Periods (IAA Reports 60). Jerusalem. Pp. 133–202.
Sánchez Streger J.A. 2020. Kafr Yasif (A). HA-ESI 132.