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UMass: Israel: Archaeological Field School at Akko (Summer)
Akko, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Michael Sugerman,
Who Can Apply?:
Fields of Study:
Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Geology, History, Judaic Studies, Religion
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Type:
Experiential Learning, Faculty-Led, UMass Faculty-led
Summer Program Duration:
4 weeks
Residence Hall
In Classes With:
All US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Graduate Credits, Undergraduate Credits
Program Description:
All participants in the excavation will live in a dormitory at the Israel Nautical Academy in Akko, just a few blocks from the gate of the Old City of Acre. The project will supply room, meals, and transportation for field trips.

Anthropology 497AS: Archaeology, Survey, and Conservation (6 credits)
This course introduces 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 Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The students will participate in daily excavation on the tell, afternoon labs and pottery processing, and lectures.

OR Anthropology 597FA: Advanced Field Archaeology (6 credits)
This course offers further training in excavation methods and field recording for students who have already completed a first field school.

Throughout its history Akko has served as a major trade emporium, in part because it is sited on the only natural harbor in the region. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Greek, and biblical documents. Excavations on Tel Akko, the ancient mound located to the east of the modern city of Akko, have uncovered remains of Canaanite, Sea Peoples, Phoenician, Persian, and Greek 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 Ottoman period town that is constructed on the remains of the best-preserved Crusader city in the world.

All students will reside at the dormitory of the Akko Nautical Academy. There will normally be 3 to 4 students per room. All students are required to sign an agreement regarding appropriate behavior at the Nautical Academy. No alcohol or non-prescription drugs are allowed on the premises. Smoking is permitted only in open outdoor areas. Appropriate clothing is required in the dining room. All students must follow the security regulations and requests of the Nautical Academy, including a curfew which is Sunday-Thursday nights at 10:30 PM, and Friday-Saturday nights at 11:00 PM. All meals are provided by the Nautical Academy.

For a firsthand look at student life in Akko and of the excavation, please visit the following blog:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2016 07/30/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.