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Fayum Archaeological Project, Egypt

Location: Fayum, Egypt

October 25, 2012 to November 29, 2012

Session dates: 
Single Session

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 1, 2012

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Institute for Field Research, UCLA, and California State University Northridge

Project Director:

Dr. Willeke Wendrich (, UCLA

Project Description

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

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full Session

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Student will stay in a tented camp in a walled area which is part of the project’s excavation headquarters. Two students will share a canvas tent, which has electric light, room to stand and has two beds with blankets, pillow and sheets provided. Classes, meals and paper work will be inside the dighouse, which has hot showers, work rooms and a lecture hall/dining room. Laundry and cooking are provided by the house staff.
Meals will be provided during the work week, which runs from Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are off and transport will be arranged to and from Cairo on Thursday afternoon and Saturday night. Students are free to explore Cairo or stay in the camp during weekends. For those who stay in the camp simple meals will be made available. Apart from the meals bottled water, fruit, tea, coffee and powdered lemonade are freely available.

$4,950 CSU system students; $5,100 all others

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
California State University Northridge
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units)
$4,950 CSU system students; $5,100 all others


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial Street #106
Los Angeles
(424) 226-6130
Recommended Bibliography: 

Wendrich, W. (ed.) 2010. Egyptian Archaeology. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell

Wendrich, W. 2010, “From Practical Knowledge to Empowered Communication: Field Schools of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt.” in: Controlling the Past, Owning the Future: The Political Uses of Archaeology in the Middle East. R. Boytner, L. Schwarz-Dodd, and B. J. Parker, eds. pp. 178-195. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Holdaway, S., W. Wendrich and R. Phillipps, 2010. “Identifying low-level food producers: detecting mobility from lithics”, Antiquity 84, 185-194.

Wendrich, W. 2007, “Mud Brick and Good Manners: the Karanis Site Management Project”, ARCE Bulletin 192, pp. 12-15.

Wendrich, W.Z., J.E.M.F. Bos, K.M. Pansire, 2006, “VR Modeling in Research, Instruction, Presentation and Cultural Heritage Management: the Case of Karanis (Egypt)”, in: M. Ioannides, D. Arnold, F. Niccoucci, K. Mania (eds.), The 7th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage VAST (2006), Budapest, pp. 225-230.

Wendrich, W.Z. and R.T.J. Cappers, 2005, “Egypt’s earliest granaries: evidence from the Fayum”. In: Egyptian Archaeology 27, Autumn 2005, pp. 12-15.