Tel Qedesh is one of the largest biblical mounds in northern Israel. The site that was a major cultural, economic and political hub for over four millennia is now nestled peacefully in the quiet, green scenery of the Upper Galilee of Israel, waiting for archaeologists to uncover its treasures.
If you are planning to pursue academic study abroad this summer, we invite you to consider the Harvard Summer Program in Nafplio and Thessaloniki, Greece, 2020, under the title “Migrations and Boundaries: Reconceptualizing Mobility in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond”.
The program, now in its nineteenth year, is the oldest continuously
running and one of the most successful Harvard study-abroad programs.
The five-week course (27 June – 2 August 2020) is divided between the
seaside town of Nafplio, and the historical city of Thessaloniki. Greece
is an ideal place for summer study: traces of ancient history and
culture are found everywhere, and the country has been an important
meeting point between East and West across the centuries. The beautiful
climate and landscape are additional sources of inspiration.
Nine interrelated week-long seminars offer a stimulating approach
to cultural exchange, with an emphasis on migration, the legacies of
Hellenism and on imperial encounters in the Mediterranean. The program’s
richness is due to its interdisciplinary nature and the diversity of
its faculty and students. The seminars combine linguistic, literary, and
historical methodologies, while several faculty members (classicists,
historians, literary and theater critics) attend each class, making it a
real laboratory for collaborative thinking. Our discussions continue
over dinner under the olive trees. Since 2002, students have come from
as far afield as the US, England, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Guatemala,
Turkey, China, and the Philippines.
Weekend excursions take us to some of the country’s most
important ancient, medieval, and contemporary sites, such as Athens,
Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Vergina. A rich program of guest
lectures, and dramatic performances at the ancient theater of Epidaurus,
complete the curriculum. Weekly trips to the beautiful and relatively
untouched beaches of the Peloponnese and Northern Greece enable us to
enjoy the natural landscape and appreciate its fragility. Whether you
are a student of the classics or modern literature, a historian or a
scientist, this program will offer you unique insight into the history
and representations of cultural interaction and mobility in the Eastern
Mediterranean and beyond.
The course carries 8 credits that in the past have included – but
are not restricted to – classics, literature, and history. In the past,
participants have been undergraduates, graduate students, or independent
scholars. Please note: Students must be at least 18 years old and in
good academic standing to apply.
Applications are due January 30, 2020. Students will be notified of admission decisions by late February.
The archaeological excavations will be carried out at Batulya fortress – a Byzantine stronghold, situated in Stara planina (Old Mountain). This is relatively new archaeological site – the archaeological excavations here started in 2017. The fortress is registered for the first time in 80s but never has been studied. Nowadays on the terrain can be seen the remains of old fortification wall as well as some of the buildings inside of the stronghold. The protective walls have thickness of 1,5 meters and are preserved along about 100 meters at the Northern part of the fortification. The dimensions of the fortified area are about 1500 sq.m. The walls fence an area with rectangular layout. At the Eastern part on the terrain are traced ruins of square tower.
Session 1: June 23 – July 11, 2020 Session 2: July 12 – July 25, 2020
To join us you should simply fill in our Application form. In the time of applying we required 30% of the participation fee to be paid in advance. This amount is not refundable! Your place is considered reserved only after the payment of the fee.
After receiving of your application we will
proceed your documents and will contact you within three days with
further instructions. The rest of the fee is payable 4 weeks before
beginning of the field school. This amount is fully reimbursable
but in case of cancellation you should inform us not later than one
week prior beginning of the digs. After this deadline the amount is not
The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School has been providing training and internships to third level students globally (see www.bafs.ie) since 2010. The BAFS archaeological investigations are part of the award winning Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project (BCHAP) in the town of Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland. The archaeology comprises the buried remains of the C13th AD/CE Dominican Friary and associated graveyard and is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds including archaeology, history, anthropology, forensics – or just students looking for a unique study abroad experience in general. The program will include students of all ages and nationalities working and living in a community context, so students are actively engaged with a public archaeology project and integrate with the local community. We hope to be able to offer 10 ECTS credits for these courses and can confirm this with you in the New Year.
Our main field season typically take place from May to August, and includes four and five week courses (BAFS Summer courses) as well as internship opportunities (BAFS Internships) for those with the requisite experience. Our five-week course includes a significant bioarchaeology component taught by Dr. Rachel Scott of DePaul University, Chicago, as well as general excavation techniques. We also host faculty led courses for a range of academic partners and have significant experience in providing services to students and faculty, ensuring an excellent educational and culturally rich study abroad experience.
Visit our website for more information: http://bafs.ie/