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Area G : 1987

The nature of the late Roman period occupation was greatly clarified this season. The N-S drain discovered in 1986 was traced well to the north before it disappeared. The mystery of "the Blob" only deepened this year. Instead of continuing to the east, as had been expected, it ended abruptly next to the drain. To the north of "the Blob" "Baby Blob" appeared, running parallel to the larger wall. To the east of the N-S drain, on the same E-W alignment as "the Blob", the beginning of another wall was discovered. Two drain spouts, one belonging to each of these walls, were connected to the N-S drain by feeder channels. Between "the Blob" and "Baby Blob" yet another drain leading into the N-S drain appeared. This evidence may be interpreted to suggest that the northern edge of the Roman forum ran along a line defined by "the Blob" and the feeder channels. "The Blob" and "Baby Blob" may be the remains of a covered sidewalk. The northern-most extension of the drain is of different construction than that to the south and is covered by stone slabs of different dimensions than found in the plaza; are these the remains of a side street?

Very little of the Hellenistic city has been discovered yet; it either lies unexcavated below the Roman material, or was destroyed by the Romans in their building operations. Walls below the forum, N-S drain and in the west-most square may be Hellenistic. The Persian level, as revealed in the center square, was pock-marked with refuse pits. Was this area the garbage dump of fifth century Dor? The excavation of the mud-brick architecture of the Iron Age was begun this season, and proved to be the most taxing part of the excavation. Though only a small area is open it is clear that we have come down in the courtyard of an Israelite or Phoenician home, as the discovery of an oven proved (in antiquity ovens were outside, not inside the home). The most delightful small find was undoubtedly the scarab seal bearing the image of a winged sphinx, which now graces our official Dor T-shirts.

Yearly reports for Area G:
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 , 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997

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