Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Tel Akko, Israel
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Tel Akko, Israel: Excavation, Survey and GIS, Conservation/Public Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences and Community Outreach
This 6-credit archaeological field school at Tel Akko, with a 3-credit pre-excavation independent study/internship option, integrates the multifaceted aspects of twenty-first-century archaeology that combines excavation, survey, geographic information systems (GIS), landscape archaeology, conservation, heritage studies, archaeological sciences and community outreach. Located on the Mediterranean Sea and the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre/Akko/Akka is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge archaeological field school. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major emporium for the ancient world. Bronze and Iron Age Akko, situated east of the modern city, appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical, and biblical accounts. Known locally as Napoleon's Hill, or Tell el-Fukhar, excavations on this ancient mound, have uncovered remains of Canaanite, "Sea Peoples," Phoenician, Persian, Greek, and Hellenistic culture. During more recent times, it has entered history as the city that withstood Napoleon's two-month siege and marked the end of his campaign to conquer the Middle East. Today Akko is a major tourist destination, well-known for its picturesque and historic Ottoman period town that is constructed on the ruins of the best-preserved Crusader city in the world. The archaeological field school is led by Dr. Ann E. Killebrew, co-director of the Tel Akko excavations and Penn State faculty member. For additional information regarding this archaeological project, see http://www.telakko.com/.
This field school includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of archaeological fieldwork. The beginner's courses introduce students to archaeological field methods, a general overview of the history and material culture of ancient Israel and the eastern Mediterranean, and hands-on artifact processing. In addition to excavating on Tel Akko, students design their own field school experience and can select from a variety of courses and disciplines. These include survey, GIS, 3D documentation, landscape archaeology, archaeological sciences, conservation, and community outreach. Lectures, workshops, lab work, and field trips to archaeological sites and museums will complement the fieldwork. These courses fulfill the 6-credit archaeological fieldwork requirement for the undergraduate CAMS archaeology option and ANTH field school requirement.
An additional pre- and/or post-excavation 3 credit independent study or internship specifically tailored to suit each student’s interests is also available. Students should contact Dr. Ann E. Killebrew for pre-approval. Two options exist. For students interested in the Landscape Archaeology Survey, students should arrive on Tuesday June 26th and depart on Thursday August 2nd. The second option is to arrive on Sunday July 1st, the first day of the regular program, and depart on Tuesday August 7th. There will be an additional program fee of $850 for room and board plus an estimated tuition cost of $2,355. The archaeological field school is led by Dr. Ann E. Killebrew, co-director of the Tel Akko excavations and Penn State faculty member.
Students will choose one 6-credit course from the following options:
CAMS or ANTH or JST 492, 493 or 499: Excavation, Survey, GIS for Archaeologists, and Landscape Archaeology (6 credits)
Entails excavation, intensive survey, an introduction to GIS for archaeologists, and landscape archaeology. This course will introduce the students to the basics of archaeological excavation and survey methods, will give a general overview of the history and material culture of ancient Israel and the eastern Mediterranean, and will include an introductory course to GIS, 3D photogrammetry and LiDAR. The students will participate in daily excavation on the tell, afternoon labs and pottery processing, and lectures.
CAMS or ANTH or JST 492, 493 or 499: Excavation, Conservation, and Public Archaeology (6 credits)
Entails excavation, conservation, and public archaeology. This course will introduce students to the basics of archaeological excavation, in addition to workshops/lectures on conservation and seminars/lectures on dealing with the various communities and shareholders involved with the preservation and interpretation of Israel's archaeological sites.
CAMS or ANTH or JST 492, 493 or 499: Excavation and Archaeological Science (6 credits)
Includes excavation and a seminar and lab dealing with an aspect of archaeological sciences (e.g. archaeometallurgy, zooarchaeology or archaeobotany).
CAMS or ANTH or JST 496: Advanced Field Archaeology (6 credits)
This course is designed for students with prior archaeological field experience. Students may register for this course only with the permission of the instructor and director of the project.
Graduate study credit or internship credit is possible with permission from Dr. Ann E. Killebrew.
An additional pre- and/or post-excavation 3 credit independent study or internship specifically tailored to suit each student’s interests is also available with pre-approval from Dr. Ann E. Killebrew.
For information regarding participation in the Tel Akko Archaeological Field School for 2018, please contact Professor Ann E. Killebrew. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy pre-requisites established by the program.
Students participating in the Akko Field School will reside at the Nautical College, located in the modern city of Akko on the Mediterranean Sea. The rooms will be dormitory-style, featuring full board accommodations with three to four students per room.
For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Ann E. Killebrew in the College of the Liberal Arts. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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|NOTE: Students participating in the dig must arrive in Akko on July 1st. Students participating in the optional 3 credit independent study should speak with Dr. Ann Killebrew regarding arrival and departure dates. See dates indicated above (under Program Overview) for additional 3 credit independent study.|
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