Since 2007 the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, under the direction of Aaron A. Burke and Martin Peilstoecker, has endeavoured to bring to light the vast archaeological and historical record of the site of Jaffa, Israel. Continuing the effort begun with The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1, this volume represents a decade of fieldwork and analysis by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project and the publication of several projects begun earlier. It consists of a collection of independent studies and final reports on smaller excavations that do not require individual book-length treatments.
The volume's content is arranged around overviews of archaeological research in Jaffa (Part I), historical and archaeological studies of Medieval and Ottoman Jaffa (Part II), reports on excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority at both the Postal Compound between 2009 and 2011 (Part III) and at the Armenian Compound in 2006 and 2007 (Part IV), as well as discrete studies of the excavations of Jacob Kaplan and Haya Ritter-Kaplan in Jaffa on behalf of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums from 1955 to 1974 (Part V).
Aaron A. Burke is an associate professor of the archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Levant in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Katherine Strange Burke is a lecturer in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Martin Peilstocker is a research associate for Biblical Archaeology at Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, Germany, and chief archaeologist for the Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.