Field School Information
The Field School
The Idalion Field School will take place from June 24 to August 9, 2013.
It is a hands-on course in field archaeology. Excavation Director Dr. Pamela Gaber and her staff offer a full curriculum including field work, illustrated lectures, and trips to other sites and museums. Students participate as full-fledged team members while earning university credit. No prior archaeological experience is necessary.
On site, students learn excavation as well as all aspects of the recording system including detailed note-taking and top-plan drawing. Outside of the field students also learn how to process and record finds. There are lectures two evenings a week and field trips to other sites and museums. These provide context for Idalion within Cyprus and for Cyprus within the Ancient Near East as well as expanding students' knowledge of Idalion, Cyprus, and Near Eastern archaeology.
Students are graded on the basis of fieldwork, a daily journal, and teamwork. Graduate students and students enrolled in ARCH 421 must also prepare a research paper.
A student who successfully completes the Idalion Field School is fully qualified to join an excavation as an assistant supervisor, and in some cases as a trench supervisor, as several former field school students have done.
Undergraduate credit can be earned through Lycoming College as a 4-credit course in 'Field Archaeology' (ARCH 401, ANTH 401, or REL 401). The college tuition fee for the 4-credit course is $2648 plus an $85 trip fee. The course can also be taken as a 6-credit course, ARCH 421, for which a term paper will be required. The fee for 6 credits will be $3972. The dig fee is $2,700 over and above tuition. This covers field trips, room, and weekday meals. It does not include round-trip airfare. A $75 non-refundable registration fee to hold one's place on the dig will be applied to the total dig fee (see below). All dig fees must be sent to Pamela Gaber. All tuition fees are sent to Lycoming College.
Except for dig excursions, students are responsible for all transportation costs on and off the island. Students and volunteers are responsible for their food on weekends.
All costs are subject to change
In order to participate in the field school, please take the following steps (you might want to highlight and print off these instructions):
- Download, print and complete the application form that is located on this website. Click on Dig Application Form. If you cannot download or print the form, e-mail Elizabeth Treptow at email@example.com and she will send you a form by mail or attach a pdf to an e-mail.
- Be sure to read through the application form carefully and save necessary pages as it contains detailed instructions as to how completed forms should be submitted, as well as payment and acceptance instructions.
- If you are not a Lycoming College student, but wish to receive academic credit for participating in the Idalion Field School, e-mail the Assistant Director of Admissions, Jason Moran, and ask for a Non-Degree Student Application Form: firstname.lastname@example.org (If you are a Lyco student, contact the Registrar, Whitney Merinar, for more information). If you are a Lycoming College student you will need the "Application for a Travel Course" form available in the Registrar's office.
- When you receive this application form, complete and return it to the Office of Admissions with a check covering the cost of tuition. Tuition will be $2,648 for 4 credits, or $3,972 for 6 credits (plus the $85 trip fee). The fee to Audit the course is $662 (1 credit). Make your check payable to "Lycoming College." Indicate on the application that you will be registering for ARCH, ANTH, or REL 401: Field Archaeology, for the 2013 Summer I term, and the college will waive the $35 application fee. Registration for summer classes opens on March 5; if you apply early, the Office of Admissions will hold your registration form and tuition check until that date, and then send it on to the Office of the Registrar. The deadline for course registration is Friday, June 1, so you will want to be certain that all tuition payments are in place by that time.
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- Along with your volunteer application form, you will receive further information on preparing for the dig. If you do not have a current passport, contact your local prothonotary (at the county court house) immediately and find out what you need to do to initiate the process. Allow TWO MONTHS from time of application to receiving your passport.
The Excavation Director, Dr. Pamela Gaber, can be contacted for further information at email@example.com or (570) 321-4299 (after February 1: 011-357-99-077057).
The Assistant to the Director can be contacted for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 672-4466.
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