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.
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While at NYU Tel Aviv, students will:
- enroll in the 4-credit course: Ancient Israel: History and Archaeology
- participate in select archaeological field trips (tours)
- write a seminar paper at the end of the semester
In addition, students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits of in-person NYU Tel Aviv coursework, including a 4-credit Hebrew or Arabic language course or the course Languages of Israel.
Ancient Israel: History and Archaeology
(HBRJD-UA 9118; HIST-UA 9524; SASEM-UG 9550; ANTH-UA 9065 - 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.
Students may receive up to $6,000 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
Study Away students at NYU Tel Aviv are eligible to apply to the NYU Tel Aviv Archaeology program. To be considered for the program, please write a 3 paragraph summary of why archaeology matters to you and how this specific program will assist and support your long term academic and professional goals. The program application is available in students' enrollment portal under the Application Status tab.
All materials must be submitted by November 5th. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this deadline.