Coursework: CNRS 335 or CNRS 535 - Practicum in Classical or Near Eastern Archaeology (3 credits)
Excavate in Israel! In this course, students will learn the methods and principles of field archaeology as practiced in the Mediterranean and Near East today by participating in the excavation of Horvat Midras in Israel, in conjunction with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Located approximately 45 kilometres southwest of Jerusalem, Horvat Midras was one of the largest and richest rural sites during the Roman period and the home ancient Jewish, Christian, and Roman pagan communities. The site features magnificent finds, including a Byzantine church, underground tunnels and passageways, a unique monumental pyramid structure, and a rare “rolling stone” tomb like that mentioned in the New Testament.
In addition to excavation methods, this course will provide students with an understanding of the archaeology of ancient Israel, with special attention to the Hellenistic and Roman eras – from the fourth century B.C.E. through the seventh century C.E. These skills and knowledge will be acquired through hands-on archaeological fieldwork and by attending lectures in the evenings delivered by the instructor, visiting lecturers, and others. The course will also include guided visits to museums and other archaeological sites in the region. We will also take longer excursions to Jerusalem, Masada, Tel-Aviv, and other places in Israel. There are no prerequisites and no prior experience in archaeology required.
Instructor: Prof. Gregg. E. Gardner, Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies http://cnrs.ubc.ca/people/gregg-gardner/