Tel Dor Excavation Project

Dor - 2016
3 JUL 2016 UTC+0000 left

Tel Dor office
Institute of Archaeology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus 91950
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel. +972 (0)2 5881304

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July 3rd - 29th

In summer 2016 we will hold the 34th (!) excavation season at Dor. Excavations will be conducted near and above Dor's southern lagoon and, for the first time in Israel, will combine 'terrestrial', coastal and underwater excavation as part of one project.

Mosaic fragmentFrom the Late Bronze Age, Dor was a vital commercial port, and is currently the most important site for the study of the beginning of Phoenician civilization. It is also a key site for the understanding of the persistence of Phoenician culture in coastal Israel during the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. In each of these periods, maritime contacts were instrumental, connecting the residents of Dor to peoples and places both near and far.

The 2016 season at Dor will concentrate on these maritime connections on the southern harbor of the site. We will link harbor installations-partially already uncovered in previous underwater excavations- to the residential and commercial areas on the tell. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join us in this unique opportunity to participate in a land-sea excavation.

Participants will be engaged in all facets of state-of-the-art field archaeology, including excavation, digital registration of architecture and artifacts using advanced graphics and database software, on-site scientific sampling and analysis of deposits and other eco-facts in a variety of techniques, analysis of finds and stratigraphy, and site conservation.

Volunteers will gain proficiency in these subjects as they work in close quarter with the professional and academic staff of a front-line international interdisciplinary project.

Field School

The excavation offers a comprehensive Field School. Instruction takes place during and after fieldwork, on site and in the site museum, through lectures, exercises and handling of artifacts. The curriculum covers excavation methods, artifact registration and analysis; the archaeology and history of Israel from the Bronze Age to the Roman period, with an emphasis on maritime issues and cross-cultural contact; and the archaeological sciences.

Students enrolled to the Field School will earn 4 credits through the University of Haifa International School ( Tuition: $400 (in addition to participation costs).


The accommodation for the expedition will be in the pastoral Beit Oren Guesthouse. Located high on the wooded Carmel ridge, about a five minute drive from Haifa University, with splendid vistas of the Mediterranean coast. Accommodations are 2-4 persons per room. All rooms have shower/bath and AC. A swimming pool is available for the use of team members.

Dig directors

Prof. Ilan Sharon, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Ayelet Gilboa, Zinman Inst. of Archaeology and Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa

Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau, Department of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa

U.S. Program Coordinator

Prof. S. Rebecca Martin, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University

Join the 2016 season - apply now!