The Iron Age Maritime Interface at the South Bay of Tel Dor: results from the 2016 and 2017 excavation seasons

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The aim of the Tel Dor joint Sea and Land Project is to reassess and expand understanding of the maritime interface of Iron Age Dor. During 2016 and 2017 five features excavated under water provided new data about the development and chronology of this interface. The results support a revised dating and interpretation of previously excavated structures and the identification of several new stone-built coastal fortification and maritime features, dating to the Early Iron Age. A later phase of construction attributed to the 7th century BCE Assyrian period at Dor was also documented. The outcome of the excavation is the introduction of new aspects of the development of Dor in the Iron Age, including what is likely part of the Iron Age II city's harbour. This may encourage revisiting current views of harbour evolution in the eastern Mediterranean.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-452
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Assyrian period
  • Coastal fortifications
  • Iron Age
  • Levantine harbours
  • Phoenicians
  • Tel Dor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology

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