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ANT 325 & 408 – Archaeology Fieldwork in the Holy Land

A Summer 2018 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Trip to Israel

Trip Summary

Via participation in two courses, students will complete hands-on field training at two important archaeological sites in Israel, as well as visit museums and archaeological/historical sites.

Sites to be visited include Jerusalem (Israel Museum, the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, etc.), Hazor, Tell es-Safi, Masada, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Khirbet al-Mafjar, Megiddo, Tiberias, Capernaum, Nimrud’s Fortress, and Qatzrin. NOTE: this list may change depending on cost or logistics.

The focus of the fieldwork is magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar survey of the cities of Hazor and Safi. Hazor was a major Bronze and Iron Age city 15 miles north of the Sea of Galilee that appears in the Bible and other ancient texts as an important center for commerce and religion. Tell es-Safi is biblical Gath, the home of Samson, which is among the largest Philistine cities and is located 35 miles west of Jerusalem.

You will enroll for a total of 7 credits via ANT 325-611 Fieldwork in Archaeology, and ANT 408-612 Workshop in Anthropology. Participation in these courses requires walking on uneven terrain in the open (under full sun), bending, kneeling, climbing stairs, using a shovel or small excavation tools, and carrying equipment.

ANT 325-611

The archaeological field school provides an opportunity for hands-on training in archaeological methods and research, with a focus on archaeological geophysics. During the field school students have the unique opportunity to participate in geophysics research at two important sites in Israel. Students will become proficient in magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar survey, as well as the use of a total station and differential global positioning system unit. In addition, students will be exposed to techniques of excavation, artifact data recording and processing.

ANT 325-611 Syllabus

ANT 408-612

This workshop on the archaeology of the holy land is based around visits to museums, as well as archaeological and historic sites in Israel. Each site is exemplary of a particular era or eras. The site and museum visits will serve as field examples of key developments of the time periods studied through course readings and limited lectures during the field program.

ANT 408-612 Syllabus




Prerequisites require an instructor override in advance of your registration in Ursa. Please contact the instructor before registering to provide proof of completion of the prerequisite course. Other UNC staff are not able to assist with prerequisite overrides for registration.

Undergraduate Students

UNC Degree Seeking

Current UNC students can register for this course. You must have 24 credit hours completed by the time of departure with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and a clean disciplinary record at UNC. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants.

UNC Non-Degree Seeking

If you are not seeking a degree at UNC, but have earned a GED or high school diploma, you may take a course for personal interest or to transfer to another college or university. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for Financial Aid.

Graduate Students

UNC Degree Seeking Students

Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

UNC Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking graduate status refers to a student who has at least a Bachelor's degree and has either applied to our Graduate School and not yet been admitted or is wanting to take classes but not pursue a degree. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for Financial Aid.

Register / Apply

FLSA ANT in Israel Application

Participating in an FLSA Program/Course
  1. Speak with your advisor, parents and/or guardian about the best course and program for you.
  2. Download and complete the Application using the link above.
  3. You will need to have the Disciplinary Verification Form portion of the application signed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (part of the Dean of Students Office). Please allow them up to 24 hours to verify and sign this form for you.
  4. Return the completed application along with the required deposit to the Extended Campus office in Michener by the application deadline.
  5. Attend all required meetings for the FLSA.

A nonrefundable deposit (via credit card or a check written out to the University of Northern Colorado) is due at the time of application. Deposits are non-refundable and signify your commitment to participate in the course. Once you commit to participate, UNC may begin to make logistical arrangements on your behalf that may include non-recoverable costs. UNC will attempt to recover funds expended or committed on your behalf if you decide to withdraw, but any non-recoverable costs to UNC (charged by airlines, third party vendors, tour operators, etc.) will be paid with your deposit.

Your full deposit will only be returned if you are not accepted for the course or if the course is canceled.


UNC Program Fees

Deposit (nonrefundable unless your app is denied or course is canceled)


Paid to UNC, due with application

UNC Billed Costs (includes 7 credit hours of UNC tuition, excursions, lodging [double, triple, or dorm], in-country transport, some meals, supplies, insurance, & administrative fees)


Paid to UNC, due with summer semester tuition

Total UNC Tuition & Fees



Other Costs Not Billed by UNC

Airfare (estimated)


Will vary by person, purchased individually.

Some Meals (estimated)


Will vary by person, purchased individually.



Purchased individually, if you do not have one already.

Total Other Costs Per Student



Contact Us

Instructor email: Andrew Creekmore

UNC Extended Campus
Aimee Rogers
Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: 970-351-2594
Fax: 970-351-1870
E-mail: aimee.rogers@unco.edu
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Once You register

Billing and Payment for Your Course

  • You will submit a deposit with your application packet. This deposit is non-refundable if you are accepted to the course, but will be refunded if your application is not accepted.
  • You will be billed for the remaining program cost around the beginning of the academic term in which the course is delivered.
  • Any course materials costs (textbooks, etc.) are assessed and paid separately.
  • To view or pay your UNC bill, please visit the Bursar’s website for specific instructions on accessing your bill. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an ebill system.

ANT 325-611 Syllabus

ANT 408-612 Syllabus

Course Basics

ANT 325-611 = 4 credits
ANT 408-612 = 3 credits
Level of Study
Israel + On-Campus + Online
Courses run online: June 13/14 - July 23, 2018
On-Campus Sessions (Candelaria 1190):
~ ANT 325: June 14-15 & 18-19
~ ANT 408: June 13-15, 18
~ Each day: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (end at 1:00 on the 19th)
Travel to Israel: June 20 - July 23
Application and deposit due by March 9
Andrew Creekmore
$4,975 including $400 deposit
View the Register/Apply section to learn more and apply.

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