Zev Radovan, courtesy Ephraim Stern

The excavation at Dor uncovered a beautiful example of the ivory-carving skill for which the Phoenicians were renowned: a Phoenician woman’s head, less than an inch high, from the Iron Age II period (1000–586 B.C.E.). Based on its strong resemblance to an object recently found in a Phoenician tomb in Akhziv, this head probably served as a handle on the cover of a pyxis, a round ivory box.