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*Tel Akko, Israel: Anthropology, Classics and Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies (Summer)
Tel Akko, Israel
Program Terms: Summer
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Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Classics and Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies
 Type of Program:
Faculty Led
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

Tel Akko, Israel: Excavation, Survey and GIS, Conservation/Public Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences and Community Outreach

June 28, to July 26, 2014


Staff Tel Akko

This 6-credit archaeological field school  at Tel Akko, with an optional 3-credit independent study option, integrates the multifaceted aspects of twenty-first-century archaeology that combines excavation, survey, geographic information systems (GIS), conservation, heritage studies, public archaeology, and archaeological sciences. Located on the Mediterranean Sea and the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre/Akko 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 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, situated east of the modern city of Akko, have uncovered remains of Canaanite, "Sea Peoples," Phoenician, Persian, Greek, and Hellenistic culture. During more recent times, it is famous 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 Killebrew, co-director of the Tel Akko excavations and Penn State faculty member. 

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. 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. 

If students are interested in taking an additional 3 credit independent study or internship, they may communicate with Dr. Ann Killebrew (  With approval, students will extend their stay in Israel from July 26, to August 7, 2014.  There will be an additional program fee of $850 for room and board and an additional estimated tuition cost of $2,175.

Housing and MealsTel Akko Aerial View

Students participating in the Akko Field School will reside at the Nautical Academy, 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.

Education Abroad Credit

CAMS/ANTH/JST 499 Excavation, Survey, and GIS for Archaeologists 
(6 credits)
 entails excavation, intensive survey, and an introduction to GIS for archaeologists. 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. The students will participate in daily excavation on the tell, afternoon labs and pottery processing, and lectures. 


CAMS/ANTH/JST 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/ANTH/JST 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, ANTH, 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 is possible with permission from Dr. Ann E. Killebrew.

Graduate-level students: CAMS 597 (6 credits) 

Students can also participate in a 3-credit independent study or internship with the permission of the instructor.

For information regarding participation in the Tel Akko Archaeological Field School for 2014, please contact Professor Ann E. Killebrew at

The program is open to all Penn State students with a minimum  2.5 grade point average.  Students will be required to meet with Dr, Killebrew for a brief interview before being accepted to the program.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Tel Akko Municipal ParkFaculty

Dr. Ann E. Killebrew, director of the Akko Archaeological Project, in Israel, is an associate professor of archaeology in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Department of Anthropology at Penn State. She has directed or participated in numerous archaeological expeditions in Israel, Turkey and Egypt. She is a noted expert on cultural interconnections in the eastern Mediterranean region and has authored or co-edited several books and numerous articles

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information

For more information about this program, please contact Ann Killebrew in the College of the Liberal Arts.  You may also schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/27/2014 06/28/2014 07/26/2014

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