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Bioarcheological Field School at Amarna, Egypt

Location: Amarna, Egypt

May 15, 2016 to June 15, 2016

Session dates: 
May 15th to June 15th 2016

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 3, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school



University of Arkansas Fayetteville

Project Director:

Jerry Rose, University of Arkansas

Project Description

This field school provides the opportunity to spend full-time conducting comprehensive analysis of the excellently preserved skeletons excavated each year from the Commoners’ cemetery at Tell el-Amarna. Built by the Pharaoh Akhenaton, the city was occupied and the cemetery used for approximately 15 years, making the cemetery a unique research resource for paleopathology and life-way reconstruction. Students from novice to experienced will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the ongoing bioarcheological research at the South Tombs Cemetery. Students will hone their skills become faster at each research task. All students engage in the overall goal oriented bioarcheological research at Tell el-Amarna. All accommodations and research laboratories are located on the site within the Amarna House complex.

Period(s) of Occupation: New Kingdom, 1353-1336 B.C.E.

Opportunity to spend full time on the analysis of excellently preserved skeletal material, including paleopathology, of the commoners' cemetery at Tell Amarna.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: entire session

Minimum age: 
University Enrolled

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Each student has an individual bedroom and all meals at the site are provided.  The field school fee of $2970 pays for hotel, all tours, transportation and meals once the student arrives in Cairo.

$2,970 + UA tuition + airfare purchased by student estimated at $2,200

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Arkansas
Number of credits offered 6
$1,378 estimated for undergraduate


Contact Information
Jerry Rose
Anthropology Department Old Main 330 University of Arkansas
Recommended Bibliography:

Kemp, B. and A. Stevens, 2010. Busy Lives at Amarna: Excavations in the Main City (Grid 12 and the House of Ranefer, N49.18). Volume I: The Excavations, Architecture and Environmental Remains. EES Excavation Memoir 90, London: Egypt Exploration Society and Amarna Trust.

Kemp, B. and A. Stevens, 2010. Busy Lives at Amarna: Excavations in the Main City (Grid 12 and the House of Ranefer, N49.18). Volume II: The Objects. EES Excavation Memoir 91, London: Egypt Exploration Society and Amarna Trust.

Kemp, B. 2012. The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and its People. London: Thames and Hudson.

Kemp BJ, Stevens AK, Dabbs GR, Zabecki M, Rose JC. (2013) Life, Death, and Beyond in Akhenaten’s Egypt: Excavating the South Tombs Cemetery at Amarna. Antiquity 87(335):64-78.

Rose, J. and M. Zabecki, 2009. The commoners of Tell el-Amarna. In S. Ikram and A. Dodson, eds, Beyond the Horizon: Studies in Egyptian Art, Archaeology and History in Honour of Barry J. Kemp, vol. 2, Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 408–22