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Akko and the Crusades

Location: Akko, Israel

May 23, 2014 to June 15, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 3, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: akko_field_school_2014_flyer.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

Project Description

From May 23-June 15 2014, the History Department at the University of Rhode Island will be offering a 6-credit multi-disciplinary summer school in Akko (Acre) designed for advanced undergraduates.  Students will experience total immersion in the world of the Crusades: their history and historiography, literature, art, architecture, and archaeology. Half of this intensive 3-week course will be ‘hands-on’ practical training through URI’s unique collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Akko International Conservation Center – Citta di Roma (

While land option students participate in the International Conservation Center program within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Akko, underwater option students will take part in the IAA-URI excavations of Akko's ancient harbor (scuba & AAUS certification required). Recent discoveries include Hellenistic port facilities and abundant ancient pottery and glass, as well as shipwrecks from the 18th and 19th centuries. Both land and underwater programs will combine for evening classes on the Crusades taught by Medieval historian Prof. Joëlle Rollo Koster of the University of Rhode Island. Students will live and attend classes within the Medieval-Ottoman Old City of Akko and participate in educational tours to archaeological and cultural sites.

The program cost of $4700 (excluding airfare) covers fees for the History of the Crusades Course and the Archaeology-Conservation Program, shared hostel accommodation, and 2-3 meals per day. For further information (including graduate credit option), please contact the program coordinator: Dr. Bridget Buxton, University of Rhode Island (, 401 874 4085).

Land (Medieval city) and Underwater (Ancient Port) field experience options

Apply at:

Final deadline for applications: March 3rd 2014

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

Land and Underwater fieldwork options

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Negotiable

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None for land project; scuba and AAUS cert. for underwater

Room and Board Arrangements

Hostel accommodation within the Old City of Akko - breakfast and dinner supplied. We will have various inexpensive options for lunch but this is also an opportunity for students to eat inside Akko's Arab souk, since our classes and hostel are right next to it. The dive team will always have lots of food at hand.

$4700 for full 3-week program

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