Tel Dor - UW Field School

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Aerial of the site
Overview of the site Bucket Chain in D4!
Professor Stroup, UW Team DirectorThe UW Group on our northern field trip, rafting down the Jordan.

Location: Dor, Israel

Season Dates: July 1, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Application Deadline: March 2, 2014



Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: University of Washington, Seattle

Project Director: Sarah C. Stroup, University of Washington

Project Description

For more than four millennia, the natural harbor of Dor—a small but important bay nestled between the Carmel range and the Plain of Sharon—attracted sailors, merchants and generals from across the ancient world. History tells us that the originally Canaanite harbor town of Dor had become a focus of Philistine and Phoenician settlement by the time the Egyptian Wen-Amon arrived at the port in the late 12th century B.C. From the Book of Kings, we learn that Solomon made Dor one of his 12 administrative governorates, a status the city retained throughout much of its Assyrian and Persian history. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Dor became a significant Greco-Roman port city with paved streets, monumental temples, a theater, a complex water and sewer system and a major walled fortress.

This season, from July 1nd to August 8th, 2014, the University of Washington Tel Dor Archaeological Excavations and Field School will resume its field school excavation at Dor under project director Sarah Culpepper Stroup. The UW Team will continue excavating the impressive and archaeologically-rich Hellenistic and late-Persian period buildings on the south side of the Tel (‘Area D4’). This area, which they have been excavating since 2005, consists of a fascinating complex of large public buildings connected with Dor’s focus as a center of coastal Mediterranean trade and industry.  We shall also open up two or more units to the north.

One all-day field trip (Manara, rafting the Jordan, Capernaum, Galilee) is included in the program fees. 


Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age through early Empire (2nd century C.E.)

Project Size: 50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire season for Field School students; half-seasons available by arrangement

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience is required

Room and Board Arrangements

Field school students will stay two or three to a room at the campus of the K’far Galim Science and Environmental School located 15 minutes from the site. Amenities include laundry service, on-campus wi-fi and a swimming pool. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, and each building has a shared refrigerator.  All meals, with the exception of weekend lunches, are included in the program fees. 


Cost: $3,800

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University of Washington
Number of credits offered: 12
Tuition: Included in Program Fees

Contact Information
Professor Sarah C. Stroup
Department of Classics, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3110
United States
Phone: 206 543-2526

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