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Field Work

Interim 2015, Jordan

Professor de Vries will be leading another group of students to Umm el-Jimal, Jordan in 2015. IDIS 340/HIST 380 Interim to Jordan - "Preservation and Excavation at Umm el-Jimal" will take place May 26 - June 23, 2014. The fee for the course will be about $3600. A scholarship may be available to help defray costs.

This course satisfies the field work requirement for the archaeology minor, as well as CCE core and general interim credits. It will appeal to those specializing in archaeology, art history, computer science, cultural anthropology, education, engineering, geology, history, Middle East studies and Arabic, and visual communications. A post-season trip to Jerusalem is included.

For questions, contact Professor Bert de Vries. Find out more about the site at

Off campus programs

As an archaeology minor, you will have the opportunity to study at universities and archaeological sites in New Mexico, Britain, and Hungary, through Calvin's off campus programs. The interdepartmental archaeology minor committee members can also help you make arrangements to study abroad through the non-Calvin programs in countries including Greece, Israel, Japan, China, and Egypt.

Lab assistants

The archaeology department at Calvin houses an archaeology lab that employees several students in work including archiving, research, writing articles, and more. Research assistantships are also available. Contact Prof. Bert de Vries for more information.


The Sally and Bert de Vries scholarship is awarded to help cover the costs of the required interim field work course.

Interim 2012, Jordan

The January 2012 Interim field school involved students in a documentation season at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, a well preserved town from the Roman, Byzantine, early Islamic, and modern eras. Students will participate in digital photographic documentation of structures, planning of both digital and actual site-museum presentation, interview-based recording of modern Umm el-Jimal village culture, planning of a community heritage center, architectural analysis of a large Byzantine house, and working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan and the United States.

Read the blog.



Field work locations

Recent Calvin Archaeology minors have done field work in the following programs:

  • Sino-American Field School of Archaeology (SAFSA), Xi’an, China, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Central America
  • Programme for Belize, Belize, University of Texas - Austin
  • Palakaistro, Crete, College Year in Athens Field School
  • Mitrou Archaeological Project, Greece
  • Aechill Archaeological Field School, Ireland, National University of Ireland
  • Plain of Rosia, Italy, Valdosta State University
  • TERP Excavation (Early Medieval), University of Groningen, Netherlands
Middle East
  • Hesban excavations, Madaba Plains Project, Jordan
  • Hubras, Medieval Islamic, North Jordan
  • Umm el-Jimal Project, Jordan, Calvin College
  • Megiddo Expedition, Israel, Tell Aviv University
North America
  • Desert Research Institute, Mt Trumbull, Arizona
  • Historic Archaeology in Indiana, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Fortress of Louisberg National Historic Site Field School, Nova Scotia, Canada