Location: Fayum, Egypt
Approximately 50 miles southwest of Cairo lies the Fayum, an oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert. The 2012 field school will concentrate on the Greco-Roman town of Karanis, founded in the third century BCE and abandoned during the seventh century CE. The preservation of the ancient remains is excellent and a wide range of archaeological materials is studied by a large group of archaeological specialists, including site management specialists. The Fayum Field School combines teaching American students with training Egyptian archaeologists employed by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, making cultural exchange an integral part of the program.
Period(s) of Occupation: Greco-Roman Period
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full Session
Room and Board Arrangements
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