Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W. 1st Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
Dr. Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Ancient Dor, a bustling and multi-cultural port town located on the northern coast of Israel, was inhabited for well over 1000 years, from the days of King Solomon to the reign of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus. The first part of the talk provides a survey of Dor from the 6th century BCE to the 2nd century CE, based on excavations in the past eleven years. The second part of the talk addresses three aspects of the site that inform our understanding of interaction between the inhabitants of the city and the western Greeks with whom they came into contact: a large murex dye complex, a key source of luxury goods; a large fragment of fine mosaic depicting a Hellenistic theatrical mask; and a small carefully-crafted carnelian intaglio depicting Alexander the Great, who traveled through Dor in 332 BCE.