The Tel Dor Archaeological Expedition
The Tel Dor expedition will resume excavation at Dor in June 2007, and is now actively recruiting volunteers for a five-week season between June 26 and July 28. All welcome! Volunteers must be over 18, reasonably fit and willing to work and learn. The Dor project offers a unique opportunity to learn the techniques of modern field archaeology from experienced excavators; no previous archaeological training is necessary. The Dor consortium will focus upon the Roman, Hellenistic, and Persian remains on the south side of the site, paying specific attention to its urban development, monumental buildings, and dwelling houses; will undertake limited excavation and scientific sampling of the Iron Age remains at the center of the site; and will continue preparing previously-excavated areas for publication.
Participants will take part in all aspects of field work, in order to gain an understanding of everything that is involved in the archaeological research process. The main work will be that connected with excavations on the mound from early morning to the middle of the day. This may involve any or all of the following: clearing of brush and weeds to prepare the area for new or continuing excavation; large scale earth moving with picks, large "hoes" and buckets; finer work with small picks, trowels and brushes to delineate features and artifacts (chiefly pottery); washing pottery; taking levels; and various record-keeping activities. Day-time temperatures in Israel will usually fall between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during July and August. For this reason, work will be concentrated in the first half of the day, and outdoor work ends at 1:00 p.m. Afternoon work will include sorting pottery, classifying and recording artifacts, and the preparation of daily reports. Instruction in methods for all of the above procedures will be given prior to and during the work as needed. Participants will work closely with the expedition leaders to assure ample opportunity for questions and instruction.
Individual team leaders may also organize weekend field trips on an ad hoc basis to a selection of the following sites:
These trips are offered by individual team leaders; itineraries and costs will be published at the beginning of the excavation.
The teams will live in the "Country Living" section of the Nahsholim Seaside Resort Hotel (at the
To apply for participation in the Tel Dor Archaeological Expedition, please print the following application form (MS Word format, if you have problems left click the link and "Save Target/File As...") and mail it to the US Tel Dor recruitment co-ordinator, Prof. Sarah Stroup, Department of Classics, UW Seattle, Seattle WA 98195-3110. http://depts.washington.edu/clasdept/
We regret that no Dor scholarships are available for volunteers/students outside the organizing U.S. institution (The University of Washington, Seattle). Students of this institution should contact professor Sarah Stroup, listed below, for information about scholarship opportunities (if any) offered through various departments at that school. Students from other institutions should contact their own departments and colleges for scholarship information; in addition, entities such as the Biblical Archaeology Society and the Dorot Foundation do offer a limited number of scholarships for summer travel and/or archaeological excavation in Israel.
For more information, please contact the US Tel Dor recruitment co-ordinator, Professor Sarah Stroup, Department of Classics, Box 353110 , University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3110; tel. (206)543-2276; fax (206)543-2267; firstname.lastname@example.org.; or (as appropriate) the other group leader:
Professor Professor Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, Villanova University and St. Joseph's University; (610) 664-7829; email@example.com.
Please direct all excavation related inquiries to Professor Sarah Stroup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct all questions or comments regarding this web site to email@example.com.
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