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Tell Qarqur Expedition Archaeological Field School

Location: Syria

May 20, 2011 to June 30, 2011

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Arkansas

Project Director:

Dr. Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas

Project Description

Tell Qarqur Expedition Archaeological Field School is a University of Arkansas Study Abroad program intended to provide students with hands-on training in archaeological field methods as well as with an introduction to the archaeology of the Middle East. Participants will join an international team of archaeologists in an excavation at the site of Tell Qarqur in western Syria. The site was once a major city and today its remains form a 100-ft high mound, preserving a 10,000-year history of nearly continuous occupation. The site is currently being excavated by the University of Arkansas under the direction of Dr. Jesse Casana. The field school is very small, with room for 6-8 undergraduates, each of whom will manage an excavation area under the supervision of a senior team member. Students will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of excavation and recording in their areas, and will also have opportunities to assist in the use of various mapping and geophysical technologies. In the afternoons, students will help with processing and recording finds. Periodic lectures will introduce students to modern archaeological methods, as well as to the history and archaeology of this fascinating region. On weekends, students will take guided trips throughout Syria, visiting archaeological sites including the Roman ruins at Apamea, the Late Bronze Age city of Ugarit, and the Crusader castle of Krak de Chevaliers. There will also be opportunities to explore the historic cities of Damascus and Aleppo. Because this project has limited space for undergraduates, interested students are encouraged to contact the project director, Dr. Jesse Casana.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic through Islamic

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 5 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
College undergraduate; some coursework in archaeology and/or Middle East studies preferred

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will live in a Latin Church/School complex in the mountain village of Ghassaniyah. Accommodations are in comfortable rooms sleeping 2-3 people, each with an en suite bathroom. All meals and transport within Syria are provided.

$2200 including room, board, insurance, visas, travel within Syria, and University fees. Students provide their own airfare to Syria.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Arkansas
Number of credits offered 6
Approximately $1000


Contact Information
Jesse Casana
Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas
+1 (479) 575-6374
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