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Tel Dor Excavation and Field Schools (Hebrew University & University of Haifa Field Schools)

Location: Israel

July 2, 2013 to August 9, 2013

Session dates: 
Half seasons last from July 2-19 and from July 21-August 9

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon 3frontletter_flierlizprintversion2013.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Hebrew University, Haifa University, and St. Joseph's University

Project Director:

Profs. Ilan Sharon (Hebrew U.) and Ayelet Gilboa (Haifa U)

Project Description

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

Archaeologists work together with ceramicists, scientists, classicists, biblicists and a conservation team to excavate and reconstruct the Iron Age, Persian and Hellenistic cities of Dor.

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 and 1/2 weeks

Minimum age: 
17 with staff approval

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

We stay at Kfar Galim Youth Village, an agricultural boarding school located on the Mediterranean coast, an approximately 15 minute ride from the site and a 5 minute ride from the south end of Haifa. Rooms are arranged dormitory or apartment style; all rooms are air-conditioned with shared bathroom facilities and weekly cleaning service. In addition to 24-hour security, the complex offers a swimming pool, beach access, and sports facilities. Lunch and dinner are served in the Kfar Galim dining room (kosher with vegetarian options) and breakfast at the site (Mon-Fri). The fee includes full room and board, as well as all dig educational and official social activities.

$3,500 for the full season, $2,200 for a half season, with discounts available.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
1) Hebrew University Rothberg International School, 2) Haifa University
Number of credits offered 1) 3 for half-season or 6 for full-season participation, 2) 2, 3 or 6 credits for half or whole season
1) $320 for 2 credits or $560 for 4 credits, 2) $150 for 3 or 6 credits


Contact Information
Dr. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith
123 Upland Terrace
Bala Cynwyd
Recommended Bibliography: 

Gilboa, A. et al. "Between the Carmel and the Sea: Tel Dor's Iron Age Reconsidere", Near Eastern Archaeology, 71 (2008): 146-71.
Nitschke, J. L., S. R. Martin, and Y. Shalev. "Between Carmel and the Sea. Tel Dor: The Late Periods" Near Eastern Archaeology 74 (2011):132-154.

Stern, Ephraim, Dor - Ruler of the Seas, 2nd edition, 2000, Jerusalem