Pending final approval, we anticipate offering the following courses through Haifa University, for credit which should transfer back to US colleges and universities:
The Mediterranean Field Program: On-site Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology
(BA class)= 3 credits
The Mediterranean Field Program at Tel Kabri aims to introduce the student to archaeological field experience, using the site of Tel Kabri, the western Galilee, and the larger region of Israel. This course in particular will train the student in the methods and techniques of modern field archaeology. The aim is to enable the student to acquire and develop the skills required for proper excavation and recording. Emphasis is placed on basic field technique and strategy, stratigraphical analysis, documentation, and chronological tools. These skills will be taught not only in the lecture hall, but also in the field as well.
1. Tel Kabri, History and Excavations (2 hours)
2. Biblical Archaeology: A Very Brief Introduction (2 hours)
3. Introduction to the Middle Bronze Age in Israel (2 hours)
4. Canaanite Rulership (2 hours)
5. Frescoes in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean (2 hours)
6. Pottery processing workshop (4 hours)
7. Field measurement workshop (4 hours)
8. Archaeological recording workshop (4 hours)
9. Collection and processing of zooarchaeological finds workshop (4 hours)
10. Section drawing workshop (4 hours)
11. Writing field reports (2 hours)
12. Archaeology and the public (2 hours)
13. Final report tutorial (2 hours)
The classes will be carried out over the first session of the excavation (three and a half weeks), 3-4 times a week, in the afternoons.
The course grade will be determined as follows: Final report, 50%; On-site application and demonstration of skills, 25%; Classroom participation, 25%.
Trade and Maritime Aspects of Mediterranean Cultures during the Bronze Age
(BA class)= 3 credits
The course Trade and Maritime Aspects of Mediterranean Cultures at Tel Kabri aims to introduce the student to the cultures of the eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age (the 3rd and 2nd Millennia BCE), including Egypt, Mesopotamia, The Aegean and the Levant. Special attention will be given to the role of maritime trade, migration and other interactions on the rise, development and decline of complex societies in these regions.
1. Introduction : Geography and economy in the Ancient Mediterranean (2 hours)
2. Underwater archaeology: methods and history of the discipline (2 hours)
3. Ancient ship construction (2 hours)
4. Egypt in the 3rd millennium BCE (2 hours)
5. Egypt in the 2nd millennium BCE (2 hours)
6. Mesopotamia in the3rd and 2nd millennia (2 hours) BCE
7. The Minoan culture and Minoan colonization (2 hours)
8. The Cyclades in the 2nd millennium BCE: Melos and Thera (3 hours)
9. Mycenaean trade and maritime interaction (2 hours)
10. The Levant: Amorites and Canaanites (3 hours)
11. The collapse of the Bronze Age trading systems (3 hours)
12. The Philistines and “Sea Peoples” (3 hours)
13. Conclusion: Mediterranean archaeology in the 21st century (2 hours)
14. Tutorial meeting towards the final exam (2 hours)
The classes will be carried out over the second session of the excavation (three and a half weeks), 3-4 times a week, in the afternoons.
The course grade will be determined as follows: Final exam, 75%; Classroom participation, 25%.
Complex societies of the Bronze Age Levant
Graduate seminar and discussion group, no academic credit
The aim of this graduate seminar, which started at Kabri at 2005, is to foster discussion among staff members and graduate students present in key questions regarding complex and palatial societies in the Levant and beyond. Topics often discussed are feasting and food consumption, the role of monumental construction, landscapes of power, and the role of trade and interaction in the formation of power.
It is expected that the cost of each undergraduate class, available as transfer credits from Haifa University, will be US $400 per 3 credit course.