Capital of Solomon's fourth district? Israelite Dor

Ayelet Gilboa, Ilan Sharon, Elizabeth Bloch-Smith

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


1 Kings 4 relates that Dor, the major port-town on Israel's Carmel coast, constituted part of the Solomonic state. This formed the basis for several historical reconstructions. Here, for the first time, we examine all the relevant archaeological data available after three decades of excavations at Tel Dor. We conclude that indeed, archaeology supports a scenario whereby Dor passed from Phoenician to Israelite hands, but that this happened in the second half of the 9th century BC. This shift involved a significant change in the role of Dor and its harbour, exemplified by changes in urban layout, ceramic production, and in commercial and other interaction spheres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-74
Number of pages24
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Council for British Research in the Levant.


  • Book of kings
  • Dor
  • Kingdom of Israel
  • Mediterranean interconnections
  • Mediterranean iron age

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


Dive into the research topics of 'Capital of Solomon's fourth district? Israelite Dor'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this