Educational Program

3, 6, 9, or 12 Credits from Tel Aviv University

Overview

IF in OfficeThe Educational Program aims to integrate the excavation experience into archaeological theory and into contemporary archaeological and historical knowledge of Megiddo, the Jezreel Valley and the wider region. Field trips are included for registrants.
Those not registered in the courses for credit will be required to attend certain lectures in order to learn how to handle finds properly.

Credit and Tuition

Each course is worth 3 credit hours from Tel Aviv University.  Tuition fees are $150 per credit hour, for a total of $450 per course, reduced to $400 for consortium students.

An undergraduate student can earn up to 6 credits in any one session or 9 credits if attending both sessions; graduate students can potentially earn up to 12 credits if attending both sessions.  Be aware that many universities will not accept more than 6 transfer credits at a time.

If you wish to attend any of these courses for credit please make sure that you fill in the Credit Course Registration Form (this is in addition to the Application Form for the Excavation). Course 1 and certain lectures from Course 2 may be audited freely.

Responsibility for the transfer of credit to the home institution rests with the student.Guys

Course Outlines

Course 1: Megiddo and the Archaeology of Israel: Past, Present, and Future (36 hours, 3 credits; offered during both first and second sessions)

This course will survey selected topics within the archaeology of ancient Israel and its neighbors, with case studies and examples taken particularly from the site of Megiddo, including lectures on individual areas to be given by the supervisors or directors. Problems and issues discussed will deal primarily with the Bronze and Iron Ages, with special emphasis on biblical times. We will highlight significant problems, current debates, and ongoing controversies, taking into consideration historical, cultural, military, and economic processes and events that affected ancient Canaan and Israel.

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Requirements: attend classroom sessions, read and discuss required reading material, tour another current excavation, write a 250-word critique, and take a final exam. Graduate students will, in addition, submit a paper within two months of the season’s end.

Study Tour: This takes place on the second Friday of each session, beginning at 7AM.

Final Grade: final exam, 50%; participation, 50% (graduate students must write an additional 10 page paper to receive credit).

Course 2 (and 2a): Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology (36 hours, 3 credits; offered during both first and second sessions)

This course will train the student in modern field archaeology. The aim is to enable the student to acquire and develop the skills required for excavation. Emphasis is placed on basic field technique and strategy, stratigraphic analysis, documentation and chronological tools. These skills will be taught in the lecture hall and in workshop groups in the field. An in-depth study tour of another active excavation will be provided. Topics to be discussed: Stratigraphy, the grid system, surveying, top plans, section drawing, writing field reports, ceramic typology, dating techniques, archaeozoology, computer applications, techniques of archaeological survey.

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Requirements: attend classroom sessions; participate in workshops; receive on-site instruction from supervisors in the field; read and discuss required readings; tour another active excavation; keep field notebook; write a final report based upon field notebook.

Readings: Readings will be distributed to registered students on their arrival at the site. Students must be prepared to discuss them as assigned.

Study Tour: This will take place on the second Friday of each Session, starting at 7AM.

Final report: Students will submit a formal report on the square in which they have been excavating at the end of the course. The report will consist of schematic top plans, a section drawing, description of the loci, elevations, a daily record and a stratigraphic summary.

Final grade: notebook and final report, 50%; classroom participation, 25%; on-site application of skills, 25%.

Course 2b: Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (36 hours, 3 credits; offered during second session only)

For graduates of the basic course — students must have taken and passed our basic course during the current, or a previous, season. Students have added responsibility regarding excavation (e.g. square supervisor) and/or pottery, bone, artifacts, etc responsibilities. (The area supervisor and assistant(s) are the instructors).

IMG_2329Requirements: attend classroom sessions; participate in workshops; receive on-site instruction from supervisors in the field; read and discuss required readings; tour another active excavation; keep field notebook; write a final report based upon field notebook.  Graduate students will, in addition, submit a paper within two months of the season’s end.

Readings: Readings will be distributed to registered students on their arrival at the site. Students must be prepared to discuss them as assigned.

Study Tour: This will take place on the second Friday of each Session, starting at 7AM.

Final report: Students will submit a formal report on the square in which they have been excavating at the end of the course. The report will consist of schematic top plans, a section drawing, description of the loci, elevations, a daily record and a stratigraphic summary.

Final grade: notebook and final report, 50%; participation, 25%; on-site application of skills, 25%.with pendant

Course 3: Artifacts and Artisans: Connections between the Aegean and Levant in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages (graduate seminar, 3 credits; offered during both first and second sessions)

Taught by Israel Finkelstein and Eric Cline, this course will focus on the international trade and connections between the Levant and the Aegean during the second and early first millennia BCE, i.e. during the Bronze and Early Iron Age.  Specific case studies will range from the Aegean-style paintings found at the site of Tel Kabri to the coming of the Sea Peoples and beyond. Open to graduate students and, by special permission, advanced undergraduates.

Requirements: discussion of the readings; a final paper submitted no later than 1 September.

Readings: Readings will be distributed on site or prior to excavation season, in pdf format.

Final grade: participation, 50%; final paper, 50%.

Important Note:
The Megiddo Expedition reserves the right to make changes to the above, if and when the need arises.

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25 Responses to “Educational Program”

  1. Aarika Olsen Says:

    It says that undergraduate students can earn up to 9 credits if attending both sessions, but all the courses are offered the second friday of each session at 7am. How can an undergraduate student earn up to 9 credits if they attend both sessions? Which courses can they/must they take to earn the 9 credits?

  2. digmegiddo Says:

    Aarika — You are misreading the above text. It is only the study tours that are on the second Friday of each session at 7 am. The courses themselves are throughout the work week. You would earn the nine credits by taking Course 1 and Course 2a during the first session and Course 2b during the second session.

  3. if we are coming as foreign students but don’t want a course credit, can we just pay the dig fee and other costs and audit all the lectures for free?
    it says course 1 and some of 2 above, but what about course 3?

  4. digmegiddo Says:

    At the moment, course 3 is not available for audit.

  5. What will these courses transfer as?

  6. Caitlin — For GW students, Course #1 will transfer as either Anth 188 or Hist 108 (your choice); Course #2 will transfer as Anth 116.

  7. Would it be a possibility for me, as a graduate student, to audit Course 3 … Artifacts and Artisans: Connections between the Aegean and Levant in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages ?

  8. There are 3 graduate courses I am interested in taking (1, 2a, and 3). How many courses are feasible for one session? I assume 3 is too many.

  9. Ah, I see your point. Yes and Yes.

  10. Mary Ann Pichler Says:

    I am a mother of a 15 year old and also 11 and 10 year old. I so do want to dig with all of you. Is this something for a family to take part in or may I do this alone?

    Thank-you

    Mary Ann

  11. There’s no chance that an an undergraduate may take course 3, is there?

    Thanks!

  12. I was filling out a form to receive federal financial aid, and it asks for specific costs of the host institution such as Tuition & Fees, Room & Board, Books & Supplies, Transportation (airfare, etc.), and Personal/Misc. costs. Is there anywhere that I can find the breakdown of this information? I was also wondering what the course numbers are for the three undergraduate courses.

    • digmegiddo Says:

      Many of the various costs are listed above and on the application page of this website; other costs, such as transportation, are up to you.

  13. Where can find more detailed information on Course 2 (and 2a): Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology?

  14. What is the definition of a consortium student?

    • digmegiddo Says:

      It is a student who attends one of the schools which have joined the Megiddo consortium; at the moment, that is George Washington University, Vanderbilt University, Loyola Marymount University, and Chapman College.

  15. I have to fill out a form for my school’s Study Abroad office that asks for the Course Numbers as they will appear on the Tel Aviv University Transcript. I will be taking courses 1 and 3 – can you provide me with the “official” course numbers? Thanks!

    • Eric Cline Says:

      Course 1: Megiddo and the Archaeology of Israel: Past etc

      Undergrad = 5672

      Graduate = 5674

      Course 2/2a: Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology

      Undergrad = 3932

      Graduate = 3944

      Course 2b: Advanced Archaeological Field Methods

      Undergrad = 5532

      Graduate = 5534

      Course 3: Seminar – Artifacts & Artisans etc

      Graduate = 5684

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