Tel Afek

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For the site near Rosh HaAyin in central Israel, see Antipatris.
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Tel Afek
תל אפק
Tel Afek is located in Israel
Tel Afek
Shown within Israel
Alternate name Apheq
Location Israel
Coordinates 32°50′46″N 35°06′43″E / 32.846072°N 35.111969°E / 32.846072; 35.111969
Periods Middle Bronze Age - Crusader period
Site notes
Public access Nature Reserve
General view of Ein Afek Crusader's dam and ponds
Ein Afek nature reserve
Afek Crusader fortress

Tel Afek, (Hebrew: תל אפק‎), also spelled Aphek and Afeq, is an archaeological site located in the coastal hinterland of the Ein Afek Nature Reserve, east of Kiryat Bialik, Israel. It is also known as Tel Kurdani.[1]

The site is what remains of the biblical town of Aphik, which is mentioned in the Joshua 19:30 as belonging to the Tribe of Asher. The name is apparently derived from the nearby abundant springs (אפיקים afikim in Hebrew).

In the Hellenistic period the city expanded northwards, and grew into a large area that reached the springs, and the city continued to be in use in the Roman period.

In Crusader times, the northern area was fortified to protect the route to Nazareth. A two-story fortress still stands. A water-powered flour mill operated on the lower floor.

Ein Afek nature reserve[edit]

The Ein Afek nature reserve, declared in 1979, covers 366 dunams. An additional 300 dunams were declared in 1994.[2] The highlights of the park include the Crusader fortress and the natural water canals and lake, which draw their waters from the year-long flowing springs of Afek, which are the source of the Naaman river.[3]


  • Ornan, Tallay [2007], "Labor Pangs: The Revadim Plaque Type", in Bickel, S., Schroer, S. and Uehlinger, Ch. (eds.), Bilder als Quellen / Images as Sources. Studies on Ancient Near Eastern Artefacts and the Bible inspired by the work of Othmar Keel, OBO Special Volume, Fribourg and Göttingen, 2007, pp. 215–235, pl.XXIV. ISBN 978-3-7278-1613-0
  • Warren, P. and Hankey, V. [1989], Aegean Bronze Age Chronology, Bristol, 1989.


  1. ^ Avner Kessler and Uri Kafri (2007). "Application of a cell model for operational management of the Na'aman groundwater basin, Israel". Israel Journal of Earth Sciences 56: 29–46. doi:10.1560/ijes.56.1.29. 
  2. ^ "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ein Afek nature reserve". Israel Parks and Nature Authority. 

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