Archaeology and Heritage in Akko
This program will take you to a dig site in Akko, Israel for the month of July. You can earn 6 credits and learn about archaeological field methods, and the history, conservation, and heritage of Akko through work on an active dig site in the morning and classroom time in the afternoons.
Located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on the only natural harbor in the region, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Akko (Acre) is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge archaeological field school. Akko was first settled 5,000 years ago, and throughout its history Akko has served as a major trading center for the region. During the Bronze and Iron Ages, Akko appeared prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical, and Biblical documents.
Akko contains the ruins of the best-preserved Crusader city in the world. The fortress was besieged and defeated in 1291 by an army from Egypt. There is on-going research in the fortress and new sections of the buildings have been opened to the public in recent years. The current “Old City” was built on the rubble of the Crusader fortress beginning about 1750 when the Ottomans claimed the region. About 5,000 people live within the walls of the Old City today.
Akko is also famous as the city that withstood Napoleon's two-month siege and marked the end of his campaign to conquer the Middle East leading some locals to call the site “Tell Napoleon.” At the edge of the tell, not far from the excavation site, there is a statue of Napoleon overlooking the city.
Today Akko is a major tourist destination, world renowned for its picturesque Old City and beautiful coastline.
Students will earn 6 credit hours of ANTH 372M for this summer program. The credits can count towards an Anthopology or Judaic Studies major, but students from all departments are welcome. Within this course, students can choose to focus on archaeological excavation, field survey, geographic information systems (GIS), conservation, heritage studies, or public archaeology. All students are introduced to archaeological field methods, and give a general overview of the ancient history and material culture of the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean. All students will participate in excavation on the tell, afternoon labs and pottery processing, and attend lectures. The classes also include field trips to other archaeological sites and museums.
Classes are taught in English. You can review the Akko Field School DRAFT Syllabus 2018.pdf here.
*Please note that the syllabus is a draft and the faculty member has the right to update it at any time. Lecturers and other items often shift during a program as well in order to better accommodate the needs of each particular day.
Students will come from several institutions, including PennState and Trinity College to join Binghamton University participants on site.
Below is the schedule for an average Monday through Friday in the Akko field school. Schedules vary depending on the goals for that day, but this provides a good baseline of what to expect.
|5:00 am: Wake up
|5:30 am: Bus to tel
||8:30-9:00am: Breakfast on the tel
|12:30pm: End work
|1:00pm: Bus back
|2:00-4:00pm: Free time
|4:00-5:30pm: Artifact washing
Students participating in the Akko Field School will reside at the Nautical Academy, located in the modern city of Akko on the Mediterranean Sea. The air-conditioned rooms are be dormitory-style, with three to four students per room. Meals are served in the dining hall and on the site.
Please download this cost sheet for details on the estimate of costs for Summer 2018: (costs coming soon)
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible ($1,500). Other scholarships may be applicable to you. To search through scholarships for education abroad, search here.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the above estimate of costs sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
The Binghamton University archaeological field school at Akko is led by Michael Sugerman. If you have questions about course content, activities on site, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions related to the program application process, contact the program advisor, listed at the top of the page.
The larger Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project is co-directed by Ann Killebrew of Pennsylvania State University, and Michal Artzy of Haifa University.