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The 2014 Season of the Tel-Dor Excavations and Field School will run from July 1st through August 8th–come dig with us!

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Tel-Dor has just been featured on the website Amazing Places on Earth.  For pictures from the 2013 excavation season, click here.

Located on Israel’s Carmel Coast, the ancient port city of Dor was a commercial and strategic hub of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean for millenia. The site is a tel, or archaeological mound built up by centuries of human occupation. Dor’s inhabitants have left behind a cross-section of three thousand years of history, including Hellenistic catapault shots, Roman jewelry, a Crusader fort, and the cannons of Napoleon’s army. Today, the University of Washington Tel Dor team, led by Sarah Stroup, runs the Field School and excavates in concert with Hebrew University and the University of Haifa.

Most of our participants arrive with no background in Archaeology; all requisite training is done on-site. Almost any background- Biology, Computing, Architecture, Religious Studies, Chemistry- can contribute to an archaeological excavation. Participants need not be affiliated with the University of Washington.

The Tel Dor Field School at the University of Washington provides classroom education to supplement the daily fieldwork. Students attend lectures by archaeologists specializing in a range of topics, including archaeozoology, underwater archaeology, and archaeological photography. The Field School also includes one Field Trip to sites in Northern Israel. Click here to learn more about the Field School. The excavation and Field School are a transformative experience, and participants gain university credits, a well-rounded knowledge of archaeological methodology, and an international network of friends and alumni. Student scholarships are available to Washington State participants, click here to learn more.

The UW Field School at Tel Dor is an opportunity for skill-building. Volunteers have left with knowledge of trades ranging from architectural drafting to Photoshop. Apart from excavation and classroom study, participants frequently volunteer to receive additional hands-on training working with specialists in archaeozoology, ceramics, restoration, and conservation.

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