Tel Dor served as a major port in the eastern Mediterranean from the Middle Bronze Age through the Crusader period. Canaanites, Israelites, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantine Christians, and Crusaders settled the site and utilized the natural harbors to the north and south. To maximize information learned from this strategically-located port with extensive international connections, the excavation team includes an international and interdisciplinary group of veteran archaeologists, geologists, zoologists, conservationists, physicists, ceramicists, classicists, and biblicists. These specialists work together in the field, lecture in the field school, and encourage student participation in their various research projects. Excavation objectives for this season include digging the southern slope of the acropolis to reveal the continuation of Iron Age I-IIC monumental public structures partially exposed in previous seasons, and digging the elite section of the Hellenistic city, including the investigation of a large complex (possibly a palace or administrative building). Afternoon work consists of the processing, analysis, and recording of finds (primarily pottery and animal bone) and analysis of stratigraphy. Following this afternoon work, resident and visiting archaeologists and scientists lecture on the history and archaeology of the site in its broader context and the various scientific projects conducted at the site. Everyone participates in the afternoon processing and analysis of finds; the lectures are required for field school participants but open to all interested excavation participants. A weekend field trip to visit archaeological sites that span the Bronze Age through the Crusader period supplements the history learned through excavation and lectures and introduces the participants to other regions in Israel.
Period(s) of Occupation: Iron I and II, Persian, and Hellenistic
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 and 1/2 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
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