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Program Description:

Program Dates:  June 30 July 29, 2019

Course:  UNIV 301 (GE, capstone, global issues, writing intensive) OR
RST 490: Special Topic in Religious Studies
—Archaeology at the Crossroads Between East and West: Tel Akko Field School

Approximate Travel Cost: $3,600 + airfare (includes all meals [including a fabulous dinner at the seafood restaurant Uri Buri on the last day of the dig], dorm accommodations at the Naval Academy, transportation from the airport to Akko, and all tour costs (such as site entrance fees)

Tuition:  $945

Insurance:  $85

Course Description:  Students will be joining the archaeological field school located on a site first established 5,000 years ago on a hill overlooking the Akko plain in Northern Israel.  The tel or hill provided these settlers with a strategic defensive position, and a location near one of the few naturally protected places for boats to moor.  Finds at the site have established that communities have engaged in trading throughout the centuries.  Its significance was attested to New Kingdom Egyptian, Neo-Assyrian, Achaemenid, and Greek historical sources.  As time went on, the area became a crusader town (Acre) and a seat of the Ottoman empire.  This rich, multi-cultural heritage has inspired the creation of project that aims to link the past to the present-day community’s diverse desires for the future.  The current city has Jewish, Christian, and Muslim residents, a Baha’i center, and the Sufi Shadhiliyya-Yashrutiyya Zawiya world spiritual center.  Tel Akko Total Archaeology aims to engage these stakeholders in the heritage unearthed and conserved in the project in an effort to foster empathy, co-existence and collaboration. 
There are three components of the School.  The core of the program is excavation of the Tel.  This includes roughly six hours of field work, pottery washing, lectures, and visits to other archaeological sites in Israel.  This core is required of all participants.  Additionally, there are two optional components.  One is a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) class that introduces students to survey, 3D documentation, and landscape archaeology.  Students coming into the program with course experience in these methodologies can apply to intermediate and advanced sessions.  The second optional component is a conservation school.  The city of Akko is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and students who partake in this component learn from local master craftspeople the techniques to maintain ancient structures.  Students from the dig have the opportunity to practice these arts alongside local students.

Click here for a flyer with the full details: Israel_Flyer.pdf

This is a CSULB short-term, faculty-led study abroad course.

Contact Professor Sophia Avants for more information at

Open to all majors (as well as staff, faculty, alumni,
and community members on a space available basis).
Faculty permission required.

Biblical Archaeology Society Dig Scholarship
Click here for more information.
Professor Avants will run a workshop to help students compose the application letter.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

ASI-CSULB Study Abroad Scholarship
A limited number of $750 scholarships are available for short-term, study abroad programs.
Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarships.
Deadline to apply for scholarships: March 11, 2019

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/20/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.