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Location: Caesarea, Israel
Season: May 28, 2023 to June 26, 2023
Session Dates: May 28-June 26, 2023
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
Deadline Type: Rolling
Field School, Volunteer
Israel Antiquities Authority-Vanderbilt University-Rhodes College
Joseph L. Rife and Kenny Morrell
Discover this fascinating world of the past by joining the team of the Caesarea City and Port Exploration Project, a large-scale, international excavation on the northern coast of Israel. Caesarea Maritima was a thriving hub of power and innovation and one of the largest ports on the eastern Mediterranean seaboard from the Roman Empire through the early centuries of the Islamic caliphates to the Crusades. This program is a unique opportunity to explore one of the world’s most spectacular seaside archaeological sites while digging alongside Herod’s great Temple in the heart of the ancient to medieval city. Participants learn about essential field techniques and interpretating evidence, including stratigraphic excavation and recording, architectural study, artifactual processing, and conservation. They also attend a series of seminars by experts in different fields, from Roman pottery to the natural environment, and join in excursions to major sites and cities.
Period(s) of Occupation: Late Hellenistic-*Roman-*Byzantine-*Early Islamic-Crusades-Early Modern
Total cost including room/board, program expenses, transport in Israel: $5,600. Airfare to and from Tel Aviv and incidental expenses not included.
Project Size: 25-49 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full season
Minimum Age: 18
Room and Board Arrangements:
The team stays at the comfortable Sea Center of the kibbutz Sdot Yam along the shore near Caesarea in a safe and beautiful resort district with many amenities.
Enroll in summer course through Rhodes College and receive a transcript for 6 credits
Joseph L. Rife
Classical and Mediterranean Studies / Vanderbilt University / PMB 0092 / 230 Appleton Place
Phone: (615) 322-2516
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