Israel and the Crusades Underwater Archaeology

Location: Caesarea and area, Israel

May 22, 2016 to June 12, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 4, 2016

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon israel_2016_field_school.pdf

Discount for AIA members: 
Contact the Director for more information

Program Type

Field school



University of Rhode Island

Project Director:

Bridget Buxton and Joelle Rollo Koster + University of Rhode Island

Project Description

From May 23-June 12 2016  the History Department and Underwater Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with our local partners in Israel, will be offering a 6-credit multi-disciplinary summer school in Caesarea and other areas TBD. In addition, students will be able to get AAUS scientific diver certification under the auspices of a URI scientific diving instructor as part of the program at no extra cost.

This field school was formerly centered on AKKO but recent discoveries in Herod's harbor have prompted our relocation to Caesarea and the focus of the program is now underwater archaeology. The program is designed for advanced undergraduates, with individual research experience options for suitably qualified graduate students.  Students will experience total immersion in the world of the Crusades: their history and historiography, literature, art, architecture, and archaeology; instruction will also cover the broader history of the Holy Land from prehistory to the present. No archaeological experience is necessary but this program would best suit students with an interest in advancing their careers in underwater and coastal archaeology and marine science.

Total program cost (up to 6 URI credits, AAUS cert., accommodation, most meals, dive gear use in Israel, local enrichment activities) is $3500 for three weeks. This does not include airfare.

For information contact Prof. Bridget Buxton at To apply, follow the instructions at 


Period(s) of Occupation: Hellenistic, Late Antiquity, Medieval-Crusades, Ottoman

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Negotiable

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Basic open water scuba certification required for starting the AAUS training; contact Dr. Buxton if you wish for assistance becoming certified in Israel just before our program starts (this may be cheaper - not to mention warmer - than getting certified in the USA). If you are interested in being involved but don't want to scuba dive, contact Dr. Buxton about other volunteer opportunities related to the project at the site of Caesarea.

Room and Board Arrangements

To be arranged.


Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Rhode Island
Number of credits offered 6
Including in program cost


Contact Information
Dr. Bridget Buxton
History Dept. University of Rhode Island
401 874 4085
401 874 2595