Tel Dor Excavation Project

Tel Dor office
Institute of Archaeology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus 91950
Jerusalem, Israel
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Area H

Area H is located on the west side of the mound, between Area F and Area D1. It was opened, in the same manner of area F, with the purpose of investigating the connection between the southern temple and the town. Podium H itself is completely eroded to the sea - its only remaining walls being the southern and eastern ones. Thus, excavation is confined to the area east of the eastern temenos wall.


1996 - 2000 by the University of California, Berkeley (dir. Andrew Stewart).

Stratigraphic sequence

Middle Ages

The latest remains in this area date to the Middle Ages and are related to the construction of the fortified tower on the headland to the southwest of the area. A moat, separating that outcrop from the rest of the tell was cut across area H. Some of the robbing of the monumental Roman structures can also be dated to the same period.

Roman Period

The retaining walls of podium H Phases 1-2: As in other areas, two Roman phases were found. As in area F, it is the later of the two that the temple podium belongs with. None of the superstructure for this phase (1) remains. It consists of constructional fills and a series of foundations/retaining walls associated with the approach to temple H.

Buried under the entry-ramp to the temple is the earlier Roman insula, consisting of shops and apparently well-to-do residences. Built on the western slope of the mound, right above the beach, and completely buried by the massive filling operations of the temple podium, their preservation is extraordinary - the western half of the building stands two stores high.

The dolphin mosaic In one of the rooms of this structure a mosaic showing dolphins and tridents was found and the adjacent room was decorated with frescos. The walls of these rooms were dismantled to construct the retaining walls for the temple, and the fresco was found in thousands of pieces on the floor and in the basement below. It is, however, possible to tell that at least some of the frescos were figurative - probably garden scenes similar to ones found in Pompeii.