Tel Dor

Ancient Port of Palestine

Unearthed during more than three decades of excavations and published in hundreds of papers and books, discoveries at Dor cannot be summarized in a few paragraphs. From the Late Bronze Age, Dor was a vital commercial port. Dor 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.

Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down

How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.

Ilan Sharon

Ilan SharonIlan Sharon is codirector of the excavations at Tel Dor, where he has been on staff since the project began in 1980. Prof. Sharon holds the Nahman Avigad Chair of Biblical Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He specializes in archaeological method and application of statistics and mathematics in archaeology, and the Iron Age in Israel and the eastern Mediterranean.

Assaf Yasur-Landau

Assaf Yasur-LandauAssaf Yasur-Landau is Associate Professor at the Department of Maritime Civilizations as the University of Haifa, formerly head of the department and currently director of the Maritime Coastal Archaeology and Underwater Survey Lab at the University of Haifa. He specializes in social archaeology, Aegean Bronze Age, Archaeology, Mediterranean underwater archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, the Iron Age and the Late Bronze Age. He codirects excavations at Kabri and Achziv in Israel and will be codirecting the 2016 season at Dor, in charge of the maritime aspects of the excavation.

S. Rebecca Martin

S. Rebecca MartinBecky Martin is the U.S. Coordinator for the excavation. She is Assistant Professor of Greek Art & Architecture at Boston University and began excavating at Dor in 1999. Her research focuses on the ancient Mediterranean, particularly the intersection of the Greek and Phoenician worlds, with emphasis on ethnicity, identity and culture in the Persian/Classical and Hellenistic periods. She has written on Greek and Phoenician art and archaeology, much of which is tied to her participation in the excavations of Dor.

Dig Directors

Ilan Sharon
Assaf Yasur-Landau
S. Rebecca Martin

Geographic Location

Nahsholim, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Bronze Age–Ottoman

Dates of the Dig

July 2 – August 3, 2018

Minimum Stay

Half season

Application Due

May 15, 2018


$3,400 (€2,900) or $2,500 (€2,100) for a full season or half season, respectively

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

4 credits; $200 for full season (5 weeks); awarded by University of Haifa


The 2018 accommodation for the expedition will be set up 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 a/c. A swimming pool is available for the use of team members. For more information, see: Beit Oren Guest House.


S. Rebecca Martin
Boston University History of Art & Architecture
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: +972-(0)2-5881304
Tel Dor Web Site

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment