Tel Abu Hawam

Tel Abu Hum is an ancient tell (mound) located in the south of Haifa Bay, Israel. It is situated about 1.5 kilometers from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and was occupied from the Late Bronze Age (14th century BCE) to the Persian-Hellenistic period (6th-1st centuries BCE).

The tell was most likely a fortified city-state during the Late Bronze Age, and served as an important port and trade center. It was surrounded by a massive wall, and archaeological excavations have uncovered the remains of buildings, workshops, and a variety of artifacts, including pottery, weapons, and jewelry.

The tell was abandoned during the Iron Age I (12th-11th centuries BCE), but was reoccupied in the Iron Age II (10th-6th centuries BCE). During this period, it was a smaller port town, but was still an important commercial center.

In the Persian and Hellenistic periods, Tel Abu Hum was a major port and trade center. It was located in a strategic location, near a natural harbor, and was a key link in the trade network between the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

Archaeological excavations have uncovered a wealth of material from the Persian-Hellenistic period at Tel Abu Hum, including coins, pottery, and other artifacts. These finds provide evidence for the site’s importance as a commercial center during this period.

Tel Abu Hum is an important archaeological site that sheds light on the history of the region during the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Persian-Hellenistic periods. The site’s location as a port and trade center made it a major player in the economic and cultural development of the eastern Mediterranean.

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