Zev Radovan, courtesy of Ephraim Stern

A Greek “invasion” of imported pottery at Dor began in the Babylonian period (early sixth century B.C.E.) and soon replaced the Phoenician pottery of earlier periods, such as the Akhziv ware, the Samaria ware and the Cypro-Phoenician ware. Among the many types of Greek vessels were wine amphorae of various shapes, brought from the eastern Greek islands of Samos, Cos, Cnidos, Rhodes and others. In view of the fact that Palestine already produced a large quantity of excellent wine, the wine that was imported in these amphorae may have supplied a growing Greek population who wanted wine from their old homeland.