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 (see 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.

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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.
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.

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.

Ayelet Gilboa

Ayelet GilboaCodirector of the Tel Dor excavations, Ayelet Gilboa has been digging at the site since 1980. She handles the early periods of Dor—the Iron Age and earlier. Formerly she was chair of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa and now she teaches there as Associate Professor. In addition to digging at Dor, she specializes in Phoenicians, Sea people, Mediterranean interconnections, Iron Age chronology, ceramics and the uses of theory of style in archaeology.

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
Ayelet Gilboa
Assaf Yasur-Landau
S. Rebecca Martin

Geographic Location

12 miles south of Haifa

Periods of Occupation

Canaanite through Byzantine

Dates of the Dig

July 2 – 29, 2016

Minimum Stay

Program 1: Full season
Program 2: One session

Application Due

May 15, 2016


$1,750 for 2 weeks; $2,950 for 4 weeks

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

4 credits; $400; awarded by University of Haifa International School (


At Beit Oren, a B&B-style 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. See Beit Oren Hotel.


Tel Dor Project
Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91950
Phone: +972 (0)2 5881304
Fax: +972 (0)2 5825548
Tel Dor Web Site

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment