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Jisr az-Zarqa (village) and Beit Hanania (moshav)

To discover the ancient hydraulic infrastructure that can be seen on the Nahal Tanninim Trail along the border with Maagan Michael –

  1. Walk to the beach, where you will find Tel Tanninim.

  2. Follow the trail (which you can find by following any of the green and blue painted horseshoe-shaped markers around the village) that runs next to Crocodile Stream towards the village. The trail eventually leads to the Byzantine dam park.

  3. Follow the street back into the village (the mosque and the guesthouse are on the same street).

For an excursion to the aqueduct in Beit Hanania- either follow the Israel Trail (which takes you through the moshav’s banana plantation), or-

  1. Exit the village by walking along the street to the side of the guesthouse.

  2. Follow this road past the bridge and the plantation until you reach the entrance to the moshav (marked by a large sign with an aqueduct on it). Immediately to the east of the entrance is Tel Mevorakh. Just inside the moshave is the Roman aqueduct, which extends east towards the Carmel Ridge and west through the plantation into Jisr az-Zarqa.

To find the aqueduct in Jisr, walk south from the guesthouse until you reach a sandy area. Walk in the direction of the beach. The aqueduct runs parallel to the barrier between Jisr and Caesarea.

 

The Historical Periodization of Archeology on the Carmel Coast

The ruins that you will see on these hikes were attempts by past civilizations to exploit and settle the Mediterranean Coast and its water inlets. More or less, these areas have been consistently inhabited for three thousand years.

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Phoenician/Persian – 600BCE-300BCE

Hellenistic/Hasmonean – 300BCE-100CE

Roman – 100CE-400CE

Byzantine – 400CE-600CE

Early Islamic/Umayyad – 600CE-900CE

Middle Islamic/Abbasid – 900CE-1100CE

Crusader/Ayyubid – 1100CE-1300CE

Late Islamic/Mamluk – 1300CE-1500CE

Ottoman – 1500CE-1900CE

British Mandate – 1900CE-1948CE

Israeli – 1948CE-

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