Acre: “one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology”

Archaeologists and tourists alike are rediscovering Acre, the Crusader city in Israel. Now the ancient city is being viewed as a goldmine for medieval artifacts. Eliezer Stern, the Israeli archaeologist in charge of Acre, calls the city “one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology.” (photos)

Flattened by a Muslim army in 1291, and rebuilt by the Turks, the medieval town and fortress was preserved under the rebuilt town. “It’s like Pompeii of Roman times -- it’s a complete city,” said Stern.