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Dor 2007 Preliminary Report


The season

The twenty-fifth season of excavations at Dor was held on June 28 – July 27 2007. It was sponsored by the Israel Exploration Society and five academic institutions – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (henceforward: HUJ), Haifa University (UH), the Weitzman Institute of Science (WIS), The University of Washington, Seattle (UW) and the University of South Africa (UNISA).

The season was supported by endowments, grants and donations from the Berman Institute of Biblical Archaeology, the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, the University of Washington (in the form of travel grants and student scholarships), the Goldhirsh foundation (the “Wendy Goldhirsh Dor Fellowships” funded three graduate students during the season and throughout the ensuing year) and several anonymous donors. Additional activities that took place during the season (though not excavation itself) were funded by the Israel Science Foundation (collection of new samples for 14C dating, grant no. 778/00), and the White-Levy program for Archaeological Publication (publication of the Iron Age strata of Area B).

The expedition was lodged at the Nahsholim Seaside Resort and working facilities were extended by the CONRAD (Ha-Mizgaga) museum at Kibbuz Nahsholim and its director, Israel Hirshberg.

Students and Volunteers

The mainstays of the volunteer force were the UW team (about 30), twenty-five South Africans jointly recruited by UNISA and the magazine ‘Voyage of the Planet’ and a group recruited by Liz Bloch-Smith from (mainly) East-Coast colleges (about 10). To this were added 10 Haifa University study-excavation students (last two weeks); and a number of ‘individual’ volunteers.

Excavation Strategy and Excavation Areas

Continuing the strategy begun in 2005 (Sharon et al 2006; 2005 report) excavation was concentrated in three sub-areas of area D, on the south-west corner of the mound (Figure 1-2).

Figure 1: map of the tell and the excavation areas

Fig. 1: map of the tell and the excavation areas

Figure 2: Areas excavated in 2007

Fig. 2: Areas excavated in 2007