The archaeological site of Yavneh-Yam, located approximately 20 kilometers (13 miles) south of Jaffa (Tel Aviv) and north of Azotus / Ashdod, was the harbor of ancient Yavneh, or Iamneia, therefore called in Hebrew Yavneh Yam, meaning Iamnia-on-the-Sea.
The central location of Yavneh-Yam in
the southern section of the Israel's Mediterranean coast, not far from Jaffa, and its
promontory creating a natural bay provides a suitable basis for a harbor.
The harbor served both the hinterland
and regular maritime circulation along the coast. In antiquity, sailing was usually close
to the coast, and therefore there was a need for many harbors. A glance at the map of the
Israeli Mediterranean coast shows that about every 12-15 miles, existed a harbor in