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Field School in Turkey, Summer 2015

Dear Colleague,

The IFR will be running our Turkey - Boncuklu field school again in the summer of 2015. We are pleased that Ofer Bar Yosef will return as a field school director this season, along with Douglas Baird and Andrew Fairbairn. Students will have the opportunity to learn excavation and survey techniques with top scholars at this neolithic site in Turkey.

Please let interested students know about our 2015 Boncuklu field school as early as you can. Since Turkish authorities require that we submit security documentation of all participants well in advance, we will only admit students until December 5, 2014.

Please urge interested students not to delay their application. 


Ran Boytner
IFR Director
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Douglass Baird
Prof. Douglas Baird

Prof. Baird is the Chair of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.  For more information, click here

Ofer Bar-Yosef
Prof. Ofer

Prof. Bar-Yosef is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Harvard University and the first winner of the Cotsen Prize for Life-Time Achievement in World Archaeology.
For more information, click here.

Andrew Fairbairn
Dr. Andrew Fairbairn

Dr. Fairbairn is a Senior Lecturer of Archaeology at the University of Queensland (Australia). For more information, click here.

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TC3-Ithaca College Archaeological Field School on Lake Cayuga

Cayuga fieldschool picFrom: Jack Rossen, Field Director and Chair of Anthroplogy, Ithaca College

June 30 – August 1, 2014 (6 credits, transferable)

The 2014 field school will investigate the Myers Farm site, a 15th century Cayuga village. We are continuing our long-term investigation of the origins and early development of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Archaeologists have long maintained that the Confederacy was formed rather recently, either just before or after the arrival of Europeans (A.D. 1450-1650). The Haudenosaunee maintain that their confederacy is over 1,000 years old, and recent archaeological discoveries support this earlier date. Continue reading

New Cornell-Heidelberg-NBU Excavations at Bresto, SW Bulgaria

Bresto diggers“Producing and Consuming the Transition: Incorporating Animal Resources at the Turn from Late Bronze to Early Iron Age in SW Bulgaria”  [see page for full description].  Dates: July 21-August-24th

Contacts: John Gorczyk (Cornell), Project supervisor:; Nerissa Russell (Cornell), co-PI: ; Bogdan Athanassov (New Bulgarian University), co-PI ; Philipp Stockhammer (Heidelberg), Project supervisor:                        

The larger goal of the project is to understand the transition from the LBA to EIA in the Mesta Valley where the site of Bresto is located. Previous work has shown that changes to settlement patterns were driven in part by increased communication with Aegean polities through major river valleys like the Struma. Large stone structures were built on prominent places in the landscape, positioned to provide the greatest vision of the surroundings or to control movement through river corridors and mountain passes. Among the many artifacts recovered from these structures were Mycenean ceramics, indicating a connection with the LBA polities further south. The most well studied of these, Kaimenska Chuka, was excavated by Mark Stefanovich and his team in the 1990s. Continue reading

Internment camp archaeology in Colorado

DU AmacheThis summer, the University of Denver returns to Amache, a WWII era Japanese American internment camp site in Granada, Colorado for a field school in historical archaeology and museum studies.  The field school will run from June 16 through July 15, 2014 and is offered for four credit hours to both undergraduate and graduate students.  This field school provides the unique opportunity for students to work directly with individuals who once lived at the site where they will be conducting archaeological research.  More details about the field school and the application are available at:  For more info, contact Bonnie Clark, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Denver,

Abel Beth Maacah Excavations Uncover Silver Hoard at an Ancient Crossroads

3200-year-old silver earrings and ingots uncovered in northern Israel

Noah Wiener   •  02/26/2014, from

The city of Abel Beth Maacah was located at an important juncture between several ancient Near Eastern cultures. During the Bronze Age, it was a threshold between the Levant and the major empires of Syria and Mesopotamia. In the Iron Age, the Biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah was a crossroads between Israel, Phoenicia and Syria, and it may have served as the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Maacah (Joshua 12:5; 2 Samuel 10:8). The site features an extensive Bronze Age occupation centuries before it became a prominent Hebrew Bible-era city. In 2 Samuel 20:14-22, Sheba son of Bichri took refuge in the city after calling for revolt against King David. Joab’s negotiations with a “wise woman” of the city resulted in Sheba’s beheading. Abel Beth Maacah (referred to as Abel Maim in 2 Chronicles 16:4) was later conquered by Ben Hadad of Aram-Damascus (1 Kings 15:20) and by Tiglath-pileser III in 733/32 BCE (2 Kings 15:29). Continue reading

Excavations at Roman baths

[from Jane Whitehead, Valdosta State University):


June 8 – July 19, 2014

We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

and related program Continue reading