Prof. Moshe Dothan, one of the founding members of the Department of
Maritime Civilizations and the Department of Archaeology at the University
of Haifa passed away on the 9th of September 1999.
Moshe was born in Poland in 1919 and came to Israel in 1938. Upon arrival in the country he began studying but the turbulent events of the period prevented him from entirely dedicating himself to his studies; it was not until 1948 that he was able to devote his time to his academic career.
It was while he was a student that Moshe met his future wife, Trude, whom he married in 1950, the same year that he joined the then Department of Antiquities. It was during the 1950's that their two sons, Daniel and Uriel, were born and Moshe took up the directorship of the Survey and Excavation branch of the Department of Antiquities. Moshe received his Ph.D. degree for his thesis which dealt with the transition from the Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze period.
In 1972, following his tenure at the Department of Antiquities, Moshe joined the University of Haifa. In 1973, he was invited by Elisha Linder, and Yehuda Karmon to take part in establishing the unique interdisciplinary graduate department, the Department of the History of Maritime Civilizations. Moshe served as the departmental head from 1976-1979.
In 1983, with the assistance of his colleagues, he established the Department of Archaeology, which initially trained students working towards their BA degree. Moshe served as the department chairperson during the early years. It was within this framework that he promoted the uniqueness of the area, namely northern Israel and the sea.
Prof. Dothan was especially interested in coastal sites and their inhabitants, the Philistines in Ashdod and, as he believed following his research, the Shardan in Akko. The excavations at Akko took place under his direction and when Moshe left the then Department of Antiquities, the Tel Akko site became a University of Haifa excavation.
Following his retirement from the University Prof. Dothan continued to work on the publication of findings from previous renowned excavations. His illness left the publication of the Tel Akko material in the hands of his colleagues at the University of Haifa. Prof. Dothan's vast knowledge is greatly missed by his colleagues and students.