trinity college akko israel study abroad summer field school

Akko, Israel Summer

The Trinity College Summer Field School: Archaeology, Conservation, and Heritage Program in Akko, Israel, offers a four-week program focused on the essentials of archaeological fieldwork, conservation, and heritage management. Field school participants take part in excavations in the city of Akko, Israel, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

About Akko

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, the ancient city of Acre/Akko is one of the most fascinating sites in Israel. Located along the shores of Haifa Bay in northern Israel, Akko is home to the only natural harbor in the region and was first settled 5,000 years ago. Due to its strategic location, Akko was a major trading center in the region and appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, classical, and biblical documents. 

Akko had a tremendous importance in ancient times thanks to its strategic location as a port city and was therefore conquered by many civilizations, including the Christian Crusaders, the Ottomans, and even Napoleon Bonaparte for a short period, each of which left their mark. Today Akko is a safe, modern Israeli city of approximately 50,000 people, well-known among tourists for its enchanting old city, vibrant markets, and beautiful beaches. 

The Dig

All students will participate in the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project, an archaeological dig site focused on the excavation of the Tell el-Fukhar, a mound (tell) situated east of the modern city of Akko. The site is the remains of settled life in the area from 5,000 to about 2,300 years ago. Excavations on this ancient mound have uncovered evidence of the Canaanite, “Sea Peoples,” Phoenician, Persian, and Hellenistic Greek cultures.​​

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Application Deadline:

March 15  - extended to April 15!​