Tel Kabri Field School
Through "Dig Tel Kabri," both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to excavate in a Canaanite palace more than 3,500 years old, decorated with Minoan-style floor and wall paintings.
Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, only a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acre, with its Medieval and Ottoman old city, fishing harbor and traditional market, and the modern resort town of Nahariya, the site of Tel Kabri has what may be the earliest-known Western art yet found in the Eastern Mediterranean. Today the Tel and its surroundings are an agricultural land, with lush plantations of bananas and avocados overlying the ancient remains.
"Kabri represents one of the only possible opportunities available today in the Eastern Mediterranean to test some of the anthropological theories about the rise of archaic states and the nature of various political economies in the Aegean and the Near East. The readily available palace and settlement, with minimal overburden and with rather limited previous excavations, enables the use of modern methods such as residue analysis, petrographic analysis, detailed zooarchaeological study, neutron activation analysis, stable isotope analysis, and petrography to gain insights into some of the most important topics relevant to the understanding of complex human societies."
Applications will be available for the next season (2018) on the Tel Kabri website or from Professor Andrew Koh. The field school typically runs for six weeks from late June to early August. Summer stipends are available to Brandeis Master's students in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies for this dig.