Publications of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project appear in three principal venues: the JCHP publication series, as preliminary reports, and occassional publications such as exhibit catalogs and journal articles (see Bibliography for complete listing).

The JCHP welcomes contributions to its publication series relating to the archaeology and history of Jaffa from members and non-members alike. Please consult the Guide for Contributors below.

Publication Series

To address the limited publications available for Jaffa and to centralize the publication effort, the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project has established a new publication series for research on Jaffa.

JCHP 1. The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1. 2011. Peilstöcker, Martin, and Aaron A. Burke (eds.). The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project 1. Monumenta Archaeologica 26. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles.
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JCHP 1Abstract: In 2007 the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP) was established as a joint research endeavor of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the project’s diverse aims is the publication of numerous excavations conducted in Jaffa since 1948 under the auspices of various governmental and research institutions such as the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums and its successor the Israel Antiquities Authority, as well as the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project. This, the first volume in the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project series, lays the groundwork for this initiative. Part I provides the historical, economic, and legal context for the JCHP’s development, while outlining its objectives and the unique opportunities that Jaffa offers researchers. The history of Jaffa and its region, and the major episodes of cultural change that affected the site and region are explored through a series of articles in Part II, including an illustrated discussion of historical maps of Jaffa from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recent archaeological discoveries from Jaffa are included in Part III, while Part IV provides a first glimpse of the JCHP’s efforts to publish the Jacob Kaplan and Haya Ritter-Kaplan legacy from Jaffa. Together the twenty-five contributions to this work constitute the first major book-length publication to address the archaeology of Jaffa in more than sixty years since excavations were initiated at the site.

Awards: The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1 was awarded the G. Ernest Wright Award for best archaeological publication by the American Schools of Oriental Research in 2011. The following statement was provided, which the editor’s feel is an excellent review of the volume’s significance:

Martin Peilstöcker and Aaron Burke’s work, The History and Archaeology of Jaffa, represents a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the eastern Mediterranean. The volume includes a collection of essays on the material remains of Jaffa from the Middle Bronze Age to the Crusader Period, representing the basic framework for research on Jaffa, past, present, and future. Along with the recent explorations of Jaffa, the re-analysis and publication of materials excavated by the late Jacob Kaplan provide a research model for further works in larger projects of urban archaeology. The book richly deserves this year’s G. Ernest Wright Award.

Preliminary Reports

Preliminary reports by the project are primarily published in Hadashot Arkheologiyot—Excavations and Surveys in Israel. For the most complete listing, check Bibliography under Resources. To date the following have been published:

Burke, Aaron A., Martin Peilstöcker, George A. Pierce, Heidi Dodgen, Amy Karoll, Krister Kowalski, Nadia Ben-Marzouk, Brett Kaufman, Zachary Margulies, Krystal V. L. Pierce, Felix Höflmayer, Brian Damiata, and Michael W. Dee
forthc. The Archaeology of Insurgency and Social Interaction: Excavations of the Egyptian fortress in Jaffa, 2011–2014.


Burke, Aaron A., Martin Peilstöcker, and George A. Pierce
2014 Hellenistic Architecture in Jaffa: The 2009 Excavations of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project in the Visitor’s Centre. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 146(1):40–55. [PDF]

Burke, Aaron A., and Martin Peilstöcker
2009 Notes and News: The Jaffa Visitors' Centre, 2008. Israel Exploration Journal 59(2):220–227. [PDF]
2009 Yafo, Kikar Qedumim. Hadashot Arkhaeologiyot—Excavations and Surveys in Israel 121. Electronic document. July 17, 2010.

Peilstöcker, Martin, and Aaron A. Burke
2009 Yafo, Ganor Compound. Hadashot Arkhaeologiyot—Excavations and Surveys in Israel 121. Electronic document. July 17, 2010.
2011 Preliminary Report for the 2007 Ganor Compound Excavations. In The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1, edited by M. Peilstöcker and A. A. Burke, pp. 177–182. The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project 1. Monumenta Archaeologica 26, A. A. Burke and M. Peilstöcker, eds., Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles.

Exhibit Catalogs

Bibelhaus Catalog Peilstöcker, Martin, Jürgen Schefzyk, and Aaron A. Burke (editors)
2013 Jaffa: Tor zum Heiligen Land. Nünnerich-Asmus, Mainz.
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This catalog was published in connection with the exhibition “Jaffa: Tor zum Heiligen Land” (Gate to the Holy Land) at the Bibelhaus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany from September 27, 2013 to May 18, 2014. The volume consists of 21 articles spanning historical and archaeological subjects from the Late Bronze Age to the Ottoman Period (ca. 1500 B.C. to 1917). The volume includes a catalog describing the 135 items displayed in the exhibit from excavations in Jaffa by the late Jacob Kaplan, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the most recent excavations by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, as well as a horde of gold Fatimid coins found in a Crusader contexts from Apollonia-Arsuf in 2012.

Guide for Contributors

Potential and invited contributors to the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project series and related publications should consult the following guides for correct style and formatting conventions. As with contributions to peer-reviewed journals, incomplete and unformatted manuscripts will not be accepted.

Download the JCHP Style Guide.

Please note that, while the JCHP does not restrict the nature of interpretations concerning Jaffa, the terminology for place names and locals within Jaffa has been standardized with JCHP and sponsored publications. Contributors should consult the most recent Appendixes in the JCHP series for updated lists (see Appendix 1 to JCHP 1).

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