Umm el-Jimal Interim
May 25 - June 24, 2015
IDIS 340/HIST 380 Field Work in Archaeology
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, interview-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).