Fieldwork Opportunity: The Megiddo Expedition

Megiddo 2018 flier

Megiddo is the jewel in the crown of biblical archaeology. Strategically perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the city dominated international traffic for over 6,000 years — from ca. 7,000 B.C.E. through to biblical times. As civilizations came and went, succeeding settlements at ancient Megiddo were built on the ruins of their predecessors, creating a multi-layered archaeological legacy that abounds in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems.

Goals of the Tel Aviv renewed excavations at Megiddo:

  • Recheck stratigraphy and chronology and strengthen the role of Megiddo as the key site for deciphering the history and culture of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Levant and beyond
  • Re-investigate monuments exposed in the past: their date and cultural affiliation
  • Make Megiddo a laboratory for advancing new methods and techniques, especially those related to the exact and life sciences, such as physics-related dating methods, ancient DNA and geo-archaeology.

Plans for the Season of 2018:

We will be working in several excavation areas across the tel and will continue work on various projects, including:

The Middle Bronze City
Ongoing excavation exposing Middle Bronze Age remains has recently produced exciting ancient DNA results. The recovery and analysis of this type of data is one example of the robust scientific program undertaken by the Megiddo Expedition. The ancient DNA results shed new light on the population of Canaan in the second millennium BCE.

The Fortifications and Gates of Megiddo
We will undertake work in the gate area of Megiddo, including at the celebrated “Solomon’s Gate” – one of the great symbols of the archaeology of ancient Israel in biblical times.

Treasures of the Bronze Age
In 2016, we uncovered a royal Bronze Age tomb at Megiddo. This undisturbed tomb yielded rich finds, including gold and silver jewelry and decorated ivories. We wish to check the possibility of other elaborate tombs in its vicinity and to better understand the relationship between the tomb(s) and surrounding buildings, including the nearby palace, unearthed in the 1930s.

Remembering King Josiah
In the northwestern part of the tel, work has uncovered later phases of the Iron Age, including a 7th century BCE layer which produced finds that may be related to the biblical verses regarding the killing of King Josiah of Judah at Megiddo in 609 BCE. Excavation will continue here, with the goal of better understand the life and times of Megiddo at the end of the Iron Age.

Participants excavating at Megiddo have the unique, unparalleled advantage of dealing with different phases of the Bronze and Iron Ages in parallel, in one site.

Visit the Megiddo Expedition website here
Apply for the 2018 season here

Fieldwork Opportunity: Irish Archaeology Field School

The Irish Archaeology Field School provides expert led third level training in heritage based studies to both individual students as well as university partners (please see for more details). This year the IAFS are launching an exciting range of credited programs, focusing on excavation, anthropology, forensic anthropology and landscape archaeology. These courses take place in June-July and vary in length from 1 to 4 weeks.

The majority of programs are taught from the site of Carrick Castle (and settlement), Ferrycarrig, County Wexford, the southeast of Ireland. This internationally important archaeological monument is the site of the first Norman Castle in Ireland, constructed in 1169. The site is located within the stunning confines of the Irish National Heritage Park, a 40 acre parkland featuring the largest open air museum in Ireland.

We also offer a landscape studies program, which uniquely combines field studies with laboratory work to piece together three different landscapes in three distinct locations: Birr, in the midlands; the Burren in County Clare on the West coast; and Clare Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

We are confident that our programs will appeal to students from a wide range of disciplines – including archaeology, history, anthropology, medieval studies, geology, environmental science, geography, Irish studies etc. – or indeed just students looking for a unique study abroad experience in general. Programs will include third level students of all ages and nationalities. Several cultural trips are provided as part of each program. Together with the option of staying with local families in homestay accommodation, these trips ensure a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

CFP: Archaeological Chemistry Symposium

The Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) is planning a symposium on archaeological chemistry to be held at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando, FL, March 31-April 4, 2019. The tentative title of the symposium is “Archaeological Chemistry: Art and Archaeology in the Ancient and Medieval World.” Papers on any subject that address this general topic, especially those that integrate chemistry with archaeology, those directed at answering social, political, and economic questions about ancient cultures, and those that incorporate the use of new technologies, are welcome. Please communicate your interest in participating in the symposium along with a tentative paper title and possible co-authors to either of the co-organizers: Seth Rasmussen ( or Mary Virginia Orna (

Fieldwork Opportunity: Montpelier Archaeology Field School

The Montpelier Archaeology Field School recently came in 2nd place in the SHA Diversity Field School Competition, and makes a concerted effort to encourage the participation of African American students in our program through the field school and internship program. The Field School runs from May 29-June 29, 2018, and focuses on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier Plantation, with a particular focus on the lives of the African Americans who were enslaved on the property. Students can take the field school for credit through James Madison University or SUNY-Plattsburgh with an additional $400 fee to Montpelier, or enroll for no-credit for $650 Montpelier Fee, which includes housing and equipment. African American students can apply for the field school scholarship, which waives the Montpelier related fee – this means students and recent graduates can attend the field school for no cost.

Recent graduates who take the archaeology field school can also apply for the Montpelier Archaeology Internship Program. This program accepts five recent graduates to work as part of the Montpelier staff. Participants are paid and receive full benefits, including health insurance, sick, and vacation time. Housing is also included. The internship lasts from the end of field school until April 30, 2019, and interns receive training in field and lab methods, public archaeology, working with descendant communities, and gain professional experience working in archaeology and at a museum. They also work on a research project, presenting at the Mid Atlantic Archaeological Conference. This is an excellent stepping stone for young archaeologists looking to break into the archaeological discipline: many of our former interns are working professionally in the field or attending graduate school!

To learn more about our programs, please visit  or email at

For more information about other field school and job openings please visit the SBA website at

Fieldwork Opportunity: 2018 Sa Cudia Cremada Field School

Sa Cudia Cremada Field School
Mediterranean Archaeology in Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
2018 Campaign

Dig in a prehistoric sanctuary in the Mediterranean while learning proper excavation techniques and much more!

Session #1: September 3-14
Session #2: September 17-28

2-week course in a protohistoric archaeological site in a unique Mediterranean island.
You will learn about: fieldwork methods, lab work, indigenous, Punic, and Roman archaeology
You will explore: Mediterranean nature, culture, history, geology, and traditions.

See pdf for full information about our 2018 program at Sa Cudia Cremada Field School:Information Sa Cudia Cremada Field School 2018

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