Call for applicants for participation in
The Kimmel Center
“Archaeological Science Field School”
An “Archaeological science field school” is offered by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The purpose of the course is to expose students to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences, in the field. The students will experience interactive work that combines excavation and analysis of materials using an on-site laboratory. The course will emphasize the inter-connection between laboratory analyses and the archaeological context, and will include fieldwork, laboratory work, and lectures.
Course organizers and their fields of expertise:
Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto: chronology, radiocarbon dating, material analysis
Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross: geoarchaeology, micromorphology
Prof. Steve Weiner: mineralogical analyses, phytoliths, site formation processes
The course is organized in collaboration with Prof. Israel Finkelstein (Tel-Aviv University), director of the Tel Megiddo Expedition and with Dr. Ofer Marder (Ben-Gurion University) and Dr. Omry Barzilai (Israel Antiquities Authority) co-directors of the Manot Cave prehistoric excavation (www.facebook.com/manotcaveproject). Registered students will participate either in the excavation of the site Tel Megiddo (with Prof. Weiner and Dr. Shahack-Gross) or in the excavation of Manot Cave (with Dr. Boaretto). Four days of the field school will be devoted for on-site work, while the first and last days will be devoted for lectures and communication of the two sub-groups.
The course will take place between July 13th and 18th, 2014 (gathering on July 12th evening). Accommodation and food will be supplied by the excavations organizers. The cost is $500 per week.
Applications are limited for students from third year undergraduates through Masters and doctoral students. The best qualified 10 applicants will be selected. Applications should include one paragraph explaining why you are interested in participating in this course, which site you would prefer conducting the course at, CV, list of grades and two names of referees, and sent no later than March 15th 2014 to:
Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross
Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science
Weizmann Institute of Science