The Claremont Colleges in conjunction with Ben Gurion will begin excavation of the site of Tell el-Far'ah (South). Tell el-Far'ah (South) is some 14 miles (22 km) south of Gaza and 16 miles (26 km) west of Beer-Sheba. Past excavations by W.M.F. Petrie in 1928 & 1929 reveal remains that date from the Middle Bronze Age through the Roman Period. Our team has been excavating in three different fields including: clearing and extending the trench to expose the Middle Bronze glacis, excavating a trench alongside Petrie's main field, and beginning excavation of a new area in the center of the mound.
The Program: [top]
The excavation will be conducted in July and August, (dates TBA). Volunteers
will reside at Kibbutz G'vulot
throughout the excavation. A course in the "History and Archaeology of Israel,"
including lectures and in-field instruction will be offered, for credit,
through the Claremont Graduate University. This course will consist of 2
lectures each week, 2 pottery colloquiums per week and a weekly Tell Tour.
Subjects covered will include an Introduction to Archaeology (including theory
and methodology), an introduction to the history, Biblical history
and archaeology of the region, a history of period specific peoples
(Philistines, Hyksos, Assyrians, Romans, etc.) and a summation lecture at
the close of the excavation season
The cost of the will be announced, but it should be around $1,500 which
includes room and board during the week and weekends. This fee does NOT include
airfare. To receive credit through the Claremont Graduate University, the
cost of the program (again, TBA) has in the past been around $3,400, which
includes room and board, and tuition. Weekend tours of parts of the
country with guides, organized through the excavation, will be available
at a minimal cost. Travel grants are available through Claremont Graduate
Contact Information: [top]
To Apply send your name, address, email address (if available)and phone number to:
Tammi J. Schneider
831 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Or print out and complete the application form and mail to the address listed above.
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