Akko, Israel Summer

Trinity College Field School in Akko, Israel: Archaeology, Conservation and Heritage: June 28 - July 25, 2015

As part of a consortium with Penn State University, Trinity college has been participating in this summer archaelogical field school program at Tel Akko in Israel for a number of years.  This faculty-led program offers you the guidance of an established program with the freedom to explore the world!

Located on the Mediterranean Sea and the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre/Akko is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge field school. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major emporium for the ancient world. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical, and biblical accounts. Known locally as Tell Napoleon or Tell el-Fukhar, excavations on this ancient mound situated east of the modern city of Akko have uncovered remains of Canaanite, “Sea Peoples,” Phoenician, Persian, Greek, and Hellenistic culture. During more recent times, it is famous as the city that withstood Napoleon’s two-month siege and marked the end of his campaign to conquer the Middle East. Today Akko is a major tourist destination, well-known for its picturesque and historic Ottoman period town that is constructed on the ruins of the best-preserved Crusader city in the world. The archaeological field school is led by Dr. Ann Killebrew, co-director of the Tel Akko excavations and a Penn State faculty member and Professor Martha Risser from the Trinity College Classics Department contributes to lectures, excavation, the course work and curriculum.

Students may apply completing the online application. Once your application is COMPLETE, you receive notice of your acceptance. Students are required to submit a health form as part of their online application stating that they are in good health and can tolerate the physical conditions required of the program  There will be a REQUIRED pre-departure meeting for all Trinity students at the end of April 2014. Students and parents will receive information regarding accommodations, pre-departure, payment etc. after acceptance. If you have any questions, you can contact the Zachary Macinnes, Summer Study Away Advisor x2387.

Trinity-in-Akko now offers CLCV 301 Independent Study in Akko, Israel for students who would like to conduct research at the Tel in Akko with Professor Martha Risser. The Curriculum Committee has approved this opportunity specific for students interested in guided study. This could be for the basis of your senior thesis or just a lifelong goal. Please be in touch with the OSA or Professor Risser directly if you are interested in this option.

2015 Fee: TBA

  The fee includes:

  • Tuition for two courses (two Trinity College credits) CLCV300 or 301 - The 300 course is multi-disciplinary and can be applied to many fields including anthropology, architectural studies, art history, the Cities Program, history, international studies, Jewish studies, language and culture studies, museum studies, public policy and religion!  The 301 course is Independent Study which students will determine together with Professor Risser.
  • Room in the Isralie Naval Academy facilities (double or triple occupancy) and travel to and from excavation site daily
  • Most program meals
  • Program excursions - These vary each summer but include may lecturers, UNESCO speakers and site visits, city excursions, etc.
  • HTH Worldwide Health Insurance

 The fee does not include international travel to and from the program. Students may wish to have additional property insurance.  Students will be housed in dormitory style rooms with air conditioning at the Israeli Naval Academy in Akko with two to four students per room.  Meals will be taken at the Academy dining hall, the dig or throughout Akko depending on the planning.  Dietary restrictions cannot always be accommodated.

 Any college or university student in good standing is eligible. Applicants must submit an official transcript of their undergraduate record at time of application and a doctors note that they are in good health and will be able to tolerate local conditions of heat and excavation work. Admissions are on a rolling basis.  Application deadline: March 15, 2015.
There is a visa required for travel to and throughout Israel which will be obtained at the airport upon arrival.  All US and non-US citizens must arrive in Israel with a passport valid for at least six months after the program end date. 

Students interested in pursuing scholarship opportunities can visit  http://www.archaeological.org/grants/708 or request more information from the Office of Study Away.