Program in Archaeology
The program allows students with an interest in archaeology and ancient studies to participate in one semester of study at NYU Tel Aviv concentrating on exploring the antiquities of the city of Caesarea Maritima in central Israel. This opportunity is available during the fall semester only.
Watch this video for a tour of NYU Tel Aviv, followed by a highlight of the Program in Archaeology.
While at NYU Tel Aviv, students will take the following courses:
- Ancient Israel: History and Archaeology
- Seminar in Archaeology of Israel (includes experiential component)
- Language (Hebrew OR Arabic) or Languages of Israel course
- Elective course (optional)
Ancient Israel: History and Archaeology
(HBRJD-UA 9118; HIST-UA 9524; SASEM-UG 9550 - 4 points)
The story of the archaeological discipline in the Land of Israel is strongly tied with the major developments that the region has undergone in the last two centuries. This course offers an overview of the history of archaeology in Palestine since the appearance of the first European travelers and missionaries in the mid-19th century, along the vibrant interest of collectors, forgers and robbers in the Promised Land, through the appearance of the first scientific excavations, the rise of the American biblical archaeology and its influence on local Israeli research.
Special attention will be given to the way the newly born Israeli archaeology helped to establish the Zionist identity that wished to pass over two thousand years of Diaspora history; the methods by which the nascent Israeli archaeology connected new-comers to the land of the patriarchs and the manner by which Israeli scholars served state interests in the creation of the national Zionist ethos.
The aftermath of the Six Day War and the increasing tension between the Bible and archaeology will be discussed in light of the intense debate over the historicity of the Exodus story, Joshua's conquests and the United Kingdom of David and Solomon. Finally, at the turn of the millennium, post-modern archaeology presented a new pluralistic view of the past. This multi-vocal framework will be used as a background for discussing the archaeology of otherness and minorities in 21st century Israel.
Seminar in Archaeology of Israel
(HBRJD-UA 9960 - 4 points)
Using the excavations at Caesarea as a case study, this course discusses various aspects of the archaeological practice by way of an individual and group experiment. From the process of a singular sherd to the reconstruction of an entire Mediterranean city, the course will include co-working with archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and other archeological institutions on various themes: analysis of public and private architecture, processing typology and objects, creating a stratigraphic sequence, spatial analysis, faunal analysis, social discussion and historical reconstruction.
Students will receive up to $10,000 to defray the costs associated with study away such as airfare, housing, and board.
Out of Class Learning
The program also includes several trips and visits to digs at archaeological sites throughout Israel and the region.
How to Apply
Currently enrolled NYU students are eligible to apply using the fall semester application and following the fall semester application deadlines. Submit the study away application which includes:
- a personal statement (250-500 words)
- course preferences (Ancient Israel, Seminar in Archaeology, and a language course are required for this program)
- an unofficial transcript
Preference will be given to students who apply by April 1 for fall semester 2021.