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Experiential Learning: Interim 2015

Umm el-Jimal Interim
May 25 - June 24, 2015

IDIS 340/HIST 380 Field Work in Archaeology

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This on-site introduction to archaeological field work is designed to expose you to the methodologies involved in stratigraphic excavation, typological and comparative analysis of artifacts, and the use of non-literary sources in the written analysis of human cultural history. 

The May 2015 Interim field school will involve you in a documentation season at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, a well preserved town from the Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic and modern eras. You will participate in digital photographic documentation of structures, planning of both digital and actual site-museum presentation, students interviewing local residentinterview-based recording of modern Umm el-Jimal village culture, planning of a community heritage center, preservation of a large Byzantine house, and working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan and the United States.

A lecture series on contextual subjects and lessons in Arabic will round out the week-day routine. Three weekends will be used for travel in Jordan, including a visit to Petra; a post session trip to Jerusalem is included in dates and fee.

This course may be taken to fulfil the archaeology minor field work requirement, or as a history or general college elective. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: IDIS 240 or permission of the instructor. Fee: about $3600 (exact cost to be determined).






Not just for archaeologists

You don't have to be an archaeology minor to take this course. It is open and valuable to students specializing in fields such as art history, computer science, cultural anthropology, education, engineering, geology, history, Middle East studies and Arabic, and visual communications.

For more information on the trip details, visit the Interim web site.

To apply, go to the application section of the Interim web site and contact Prof. Bert de Vries.

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