Field Methods in Archeology
Archaeology of Early Judaism and Christianity
Field Methods in Archaeology (RELG 393) is an intensive, hands-on introduction to American methods of archaeological surveying, excavation, recording, and interpretation.
Archaeology of Early Judaism and Christianity (RELG 394) surveys the history of Israel and the lands of the Bible during the Hellenistic to the Byzantine periods, to present a balanced picture of politics, religion, and economics from a historical perspective.
The courses are taught during four weeks in the field. Students will travel to Israel where they will excavate the site of Shikhin, a Jewish town very near to, and under the jurisdiction of, Sepphoris, a city located three miles from Jesus' hometown of Nazareth and that was built as the capital of the Galilee during Jesus' lifetime. The village had a pottery and oil lamp manufacturing industry. Students will also excavate the village’s Roman period synagogue.
Students will live in Nazareth, tour archaeological sites in the Galilee, and spend a three days in Jerusalem, where they can visit local sites and museums, and from which they can travel to Qumran, Masada, the Dead Sea, and other places. Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/shikhin/
. Follow us on Twitter: @shikhindig.
For more information, click on http://www.samford.edu/arts-and-sciences/excavations-at-shikhin
Course(s): RELG 393 and RELG 394.
Net Program Fee**: $675 (8 credits)
Tuition: $5,976 (8 credits)
Total Costs: $6,651 (8 credits)
Program Fee includes: room and board, in-country transportation, admission fees, Israeli insurance, on-site toilets.
Program Fee does NOT include airfare.
**Important Note: Samford University subsidizes non-Daniel House study abroad programs with 70% of the tuition paid for the course. For this program, the subsidy of $4,183
is subtracted from the true program cost of $4,858
. If a student withdraws from the course before departure or participates in the program without registering for the course, they will be responsible for the true program cost.
Dr. James Strange