Diachronic Dor

Diachronic Dor - Understanding the ancient city for the modern day


Tel Dor is a site of exceptional archaeo-historical significance located on the coast of northern Israel. As the only natural harbour on the eastern Mediterranean coastline south of the Promontory of Tyre (in southern Lebanon), the site served as a major entrepôt and gateway between the Levant and the Mediterranean from the second millennium BCE until the third century CE. Dor has been ruled by Canaanites, Israelites, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans during its long history of occupation. It is discussed in Biblical, Egyptian, Greek and Roman sources.

Research Aims and Methods

The research aim of the Diachronic Dor project is to produce a diachronic understanding of Dor’s architectural development from the Early Iron Age through the Roman period (c. 1200 BCE – 3rd century CE), its periods of most intensive activity as a settlement. It will incorporate new remote sensing data of the site’s Roman period and numismatic evidence with an overdue reassessment of architectural developments of the intervening periods from the site’s excavated contexts. The results will be an understanding of the long-term urban development of this strategic and historically important coastal site with consideration of why the site evolved as it did.

Diachronic Dor co-directors:

Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol, UK)

Cristina Kormikiari (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Vagner Porto (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

A mosaic floor found at the Tel Dor archaeological site.
A mosaic uncovered at the site of Tel Dor. Image credit: The Dor Project, Tel Dor Archaeological Excavations.
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