The 2016 archaeological fieldschool program will run from June 24 to July 28, 2016. The excavations are located within the archaeological garden in Old Jaffa, on the south side of Tel Aviv (see our “campus”).
Participants should plan to arrive at their accommodations by the evening of Friday, June 24 (for the Saturday orientation) and to depart by the evening of Thursday, July 28.
The excavations run five days per week (Sunday-Thursday, the Israeli workweek). The weekends are reserved for program fieldtrips, which are planned for 3 weekends and are included in the costs. There is one free weekend during the program.
Deadline: Please note that all applications must be complete to be enrolled in the program. Enrollments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until April 15, 2016. (Notifications by May 1.)
Option 1: UCLA Travel Study Program enrollment for academic credit through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). See Program Flyer. UCLA students should apply for the Cotsen Undergraduate Research Grant. For additional scholarship information for UCLA and non-UCLA students, see Fellowships & Scholarships below.
Option 2: Non-credit enrollment is intended for participants who do not need formal academic credit. Total costs for non-credit enrolled participants are $4,250, the balance of which must be paid by May 1, 2016. A $250 deposit must be submitted with the application; once accepted to the program, the deposit is non-refundable and deposits will be applied to the total due. Please complete and email the following forms: Application (.dotx) [downloads to your Download folder]; Medical Status Report (PDF); and UCLA Waiver (PDF); and have two recommendations sent by email.
For additional Fellowships & Scholarships, read below.
The following programs frequently advertise fellowships and scholarships to support student participation in archaeological excavations like Jaffa. We strongly recommend that you check with local organizations in your home town (e.g., Rotary Club, 4H, etc.) for additional opportunities.
Click on the organization for a direct link to the fellowship or scholarship. They are arranged by the deadline typically advertised. Please check specific fellowships for the deadline for the current year.
Amercian Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
UCLA, Academic Advancement Program (AAP) Scholarship
Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBAA), Archaeology Research Stipends
Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
American Archaeology Abroad (AAA)
Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS)
Archaeological Institute of America, Los Angeles Society
UCLA, Undergraduate Israel Essay Competition
Sacramento Archaeological Society, Inc.
Participants must arrange their own airfare and local transportation to and from the accommodations. For more information regarding how to get to the accommodations, please review the Orientation. For researching best-priced airfares, we recommed Kayak.com.
Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel
Jaffa “Campus” Map. Shows the key places on our “campus,” where most of our activities will take place.
Arrangements for accommodations are subject to change and based on availability at the time of booking. No guarantees can be made concerning the specific ammenities available, although all efforts will be made to maintain comparable accommodations.
Beit Immanuel Hostel
Address: Beit Immanuel, Auerbach St. 8, Jaffa
Phone: (972)-3-6821459; Fax: (972)-3-6829817; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail and Packages:
Prof. Aaron Burke can be reached in Israel on his mobile: (052) 615-6274 (if dialing from abroad, the country code is 972). He can also be reached by email, which is checked daily: email@example.com.
Dr. Martin Peilstöcker can be reached on his mobile in Israel at: (054) 544-1194 (if dialing from abroad, the country code is 972). He can also be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Towels and bedding will be provided.
You are welcome to bring your laptop, as the hostel is very secure and has wireless internet access. You may also have opportunity to use it in data entry related assignments working with your supervisor, particularly since the project's database is online; the database does not run on tablets or iPad OSs. Should there be occassion where you might bring your laptop to the lab, it is a safe and sufficiently clean environment for the operation of computers.
The orientation presentation can be reviewed by clicking here.
The most recent version of the syllabus is available here: Syllabus. It will be updated until the program starts. Please consult it for books that need to be purchased.
In addition to the assigned articles, available via the links in the syllabus PDF, please purchase a copy of the first volume of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project in order to acquaint yourself with the site’s history (particularly the Bronze and Iron Ages), the project as a whole, the Kaplan Excavations Publication Initiative, and related discoveries from the Late Bronze Age.
Each participant will have access to the project's online database, known as OCHRE (Online Cultural and Historial Research Environment). You may wish to consult the manual and to download the software to take a tour of projects using this database. To do so visit the OCHRE website.