Location: Dor, Israel
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.)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire season for Field School students; half-seasons available by arrangement
Room and Board Arrangements