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Africa - Egypt - Tell el-Amarna Field School in Archaeological Geophysics - 2012

Africa - Egypt - Tell el-Amarna Field School in Archaeological Geophysics - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-10-13
End Date 2012-11-15

Archaeology Field School Location


Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research, University of Cambridge, University of Arkansas, UCLA, California State University, Northridge

Academic Credit

8 semester credit units from California State University, Northridge

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$5,100 CSU system students; $5,250 all others

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

All inclusive; Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided throughout the week by the expedition and prepared by a cook hired by the project. Students with special dietary needs should indicate so on their applications. This will not influence your acceptance to the program, but rather allow us to plan accordingly. It is possible to buy a wide range of commodities, including toiletries, in local shops, usually arranged via a local daily shopper employed by the expedition.

Archaeology Field School Description

Use the latest in ground-based remote sensing technologies to reveal the secrets of the sacred city built by Pharaoh Akhenaten for the sun-god. Students will spend five/six weeks at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, the once-great capital city of Egypt located halfway between Cairo and Luxor. Students will explore the well-preserved ruins of this great city and receive hands-on experience using non-invasive archaeological techniques including surface survey and near-surface geophysical prospection. The instrumentation includes magnetometer, ground-penetrating radar and magnetic susceptibility. Work will focus on several parts of the city, which offer differing sub-surface characteristics. In each case the results contribute to ongoing research programs at Amarna. Learn more about Amarna and ongoing research there by visiting

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

From 1350 BCE when Tell el-Amarna was built by Akhenaten

What is the daily schedule for the field school

See syllabus for information

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Director -- Prof. Barry Kemp ( is an emeritus Professor of Egyptology at the University of Cambridge (UK), a Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute and Corresponding Member of the Archaeological Institute of America. He is Director of the Amarna Project, and has conducted research there, through survey and excavation, since 1977. Co-Director -- Mr. Jason Herrmann, University of Arkansas ( is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Dynamics Program and an affiliate of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas. Jason specializes in the use of remote sensing methods in archaeological exploration and uses these technologies to investigate the ways in which ancient settlement patterns promoted and reacted to environmental change. He has conducted archaeo-geophysical investigations in Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia, and throughout the United States of America. Instructor -- Dr. Hans Barnard (MD PhD) ( is Assistant Professor of Archaeological Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). As an archaeological surveyor and photographer he has worked on sites in Armenia, Chile, Egypt, Iceland, Panama, Sudan and Yemen. He is currently involved in research projects on the archaeology of mobile people, ceramic analysis and the Eastern Deserts in Egypt and Sudan ( With J.W. Eerkens he published "Theory and Practice of Archaeological Residue Analysis" (Oxford, 2007) and with W.Z. Wendrich "The Archaeology of Mobility: Old World and New World Nomadism" (Los Angeles, 2008). Instructor -- Ms. Stephanie Sullivan, University of Arkansas (, is a doctoral student in the Environmental Dynamics Program and a research assistant at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. She conducts archaeological research using near-surface geophysical technologies and close-range high-resolution 3D scanning devices.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

No prerequisites, student will learn to map surface and subsurface features using specialized equipment.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Students will benefit from several organized field trips, including tours of Amarna's Royal Tombs and Boundary Stelae, Workmen's Village, and the Amarna Central City as well as visits to nearby sites including Beni Hasan and El-Ashmunein/Tuna el-Gebel. The program has limited free time for independent sightseeing during weekends. Please consult with the director about independent travel during, before or after the program.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Institute for Field Research 1855 Industrial St. #106 Los Angeles CA. 90021 Tel: 424.226.6130 Fax: 310.837.0193

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