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Friday, January 20, 2006

Dig Spotlight: Dor by the Sea

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About 30 kilometers directly south of Haifa, Israel, lies a very large tel (an earth mound containing ancient architectural and artifact remains) that tells a story crossing at least eight civilizations. The story is largely a commercial one, as the ancient seaport city of Dor on the Mediterranean coast of present day Israel was host to the trading activities of a number of civilizations or cultures that ringed the Mediterranean world in ancient times. Originally a Canaanite city, its history spans settlement or rule by "Sea Peoples", Phoenicians, the Solomonic monarchy, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. Finally, in the thirteenth century A.D., a Crusader castle was built on the site.

The Tel Dor expedition will resume excavation at the ancient site in June 2006, and is now inviting volunteers to participate. The project offers the opportunity to learn techniques of field archaeology from an experienced staff of excavators, and no previous archaeological experience is necessary. The excavation will focus on excavation of Roman, Hellenistic, and Persian monumental buildings and dwelling houses, including some investigation of Iron Age remains.

Additionally, the expedition will conduct organized field trips to important archaeological sites throughout Israel.

Sound interesting? See the
website for additional information and application procedures.


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