WENDY J. GOLDHIRSH TEL DOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL FELLOWSHIPS
The selection committee for for the Goldhirsh fellowships (consisting this year of Ilan Sharon, Ayelet Gilboa, and Dr. Sharon Zuckerman of the Hebrew University decided to award THREE fellowships - two for PhD-level research, and one for MA. The recipients are:
- Yiftah Shalev
- Bronwen Manning
- Hagar Ben-Basat
Department of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- The Urbanization of Southern Phoenicia during the 6th and 5th Centuries BCE
- The urbanization of the costal region of Israel during the Persian Period is well represented in archaeological literature. The common approach today produces a picture of a rapid renewal of settlements at beginning of the Persian period at the late 6th century BCE in an area mostly uninhabited during the Babylonian Period.
The objective of this research is to produce an alternative model based on a re-evaluation of published material from several Persian Period sites, while incorporating certain geographic and economic perspectives. The outcome should show that urbanization occurred gradually as opposed to rapidly, reaching maturity in the late 5th century BCE.
- For the Wendy J. Goldhirsh Fellowship 2007-2008 this scholar seeks to examine in detail the stratigraphy and ceramic assemblage from the Neo-Assyrian to Babylonian strata of Area D2 of the Tel Dor Excavations. To date, Area B1 (being prepared for publication) is the only other area from the site that has yielded significant Assyrian finds that can contribute to our understanding of this often misunderstood period in the region's history. Therefore, the study and publication of both the stratigraphy and pottery from Area D2 can and will greatly add to and clarify our knowledge regarding the nature of Assyrian Dor.
HAGAR BEN BASAT
Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa
- BEADS AND PENDANTS AT TEL DOR DURING THE EARLY IRON AGE: ORIGIN, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES
- This study, conducted as part of the author's M.A. degree in archaeology, will classify the beads and the pendants from Tel Dor typologically and define the various materials that assemble this corpus using analytical chemistry methods for finding mineralogical composition, alongside petrography and radiography. This study will tackle several issues regarding the origin of these beads, their manufacturing technology, and their conservation conditions. This research, together with cataloguing and curation work at the Glasshouse museum, will enrich the Tel Dor Project with new knowledge on aspects of previously unprocessed finds, attained by the application of advanced scientific research methods.