class_studyThe Lautenschläger Archaeological Expedition also offers two courses that can be taken for university credit while you are excavating at Azekah. These courses provide classroom and fieldwork training in history and archaeology, meaning you can earn university credit while you dig in Israel.

The transferable, credits are offered by Tel Aviv University, and the required participation fee is $300 USD per course (or $100/unit). ALL are welcome to attend the classes on a not-for-credit basis.

The courses are as follows:

Course 1: Introduction to Field Archaeology (3 credits)

By Boaz Gross

The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition offers its team members several credited courses. The course “Introduction to Field Archaeology” will be given, in English, during the 2014 excavation season. The course aims to introduce Field Archaeology and its applications to the students, and supply them with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge required to conduct an archaeological excavation. The course consists of eight lectures which will be delivered on Sundays and Tuesdays during the evening. The credited students will be required to complete tasks in the field, under the guidance of their area supervisor. The credited students will be required to present a final report of their excavation square at the end of the course, applying the skills they have acquired. Final grades will be determined based on the quality of the final report and tasks and attendance and participation in class which will be given during the course.


Class Schedule

  1. Basic Concepts and Excavation Methods: Archaeological Survey, Stratigraphy, Method of Tel Azekah Excavation – Sunday, July 13th .
    Lecturer: Boaz Gross
  2. Register: Documentation methods applied at Tel Azekah Expedition, field forms, database and top plan – Tuesday, July 15th .
             Task: The students will fill out the field forms: list of loci and list of baskets, with data relevant to their excavation square

Lecturer: Boaz Gross

  1. Graphic Documentation 1: Marking squares in the field, measuring elevations and reading excavation plans – Sunday, July 20th .
                                                         Task: The students will prepare a top plan of their excavation square with all the relevant data filled in

Lecturer: Boaz Gross

  1. Graphic Documentation 2: Archaeological section drawing, the use of the Total Station in archaeology – Tuesday, July 22nd .

                                                                                                                                        Task: The students will draw a section of their excavation square

Lecturer: Shatil Emmanuilov

  1. Pottery reading, an introduction  : Identification of various types of pottery vessels, reading pottery plates, pottery drawing experience – Sunday, July 27th .

                                                                                                                     Task: The students will participate in pottery reading found in their area

Lecturer: Liora Freud

  1. Archaeological report: How to effectively read and understand an archaeological report .                         – Tuesday, July 29th

Lecturer: Omer Sergi

  1. Writing the final report – How to write an archaeological report, Q&A regarding the final task                  – Sunday, August 3rd

Lecturer: Boaz Gross

  1. Summary and Discussion                                                                                                                                                        – Tuesday, August 5th

Lecturer: Boaz Gross


Required reading

1)      Assessing the layout of sites and features:

Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. 1996. Archaeology. Theories, Methods and Practise. 2nd edition. London: 84 – 110.

2)      Methods of the renewed excavation at Tel Lachish:

Ussishkin, D. 2004. The Renewed Archaeological Excavations at Lachish (1973 – 1994) Vol. I. Tel Aviv: 40 – 47.

3)      Methodology, recording and processing the data at Tell es-Safi/Gath:

Maeir, A. M. and Zuckerman, A. 2012. Appendix A: Methodology of Excavation, Recording and Processing of the Finds. In: Maeir, A. M. ed. Tell es-Safi/Gath I: The 1996 – 2005 Seasons. Ägypten und Altes Testament 69. Wiesbaden: 613 – 627.


Optional reading

Drewett, P. L. 1999. Field Archaeology: An Introduction. London.

Grant, J., Gorin, J. and Fleming, N. 2001. The Archaeology Coursebook. An Introduction to Themes, Sites, Methods and Skills. New York: 25 – 49.




Course 2: History and Archaeology of the Judean Lowlands: Canaanites, Philistines, and Judahites (3 credits)

Coordinator: Ido Koch
Dates: TBD

The course deals with the Azekah environs: the geography of the lowlands and its influence on the history of the region. The historical aspects of the discussion focus on the late-second millennium and the first millennium BCE, when the region was home to the Canaanites, Philistines, Judahites and Idumeans. We will trace the geo-political reality, from the city-kingdoms of the Late-Bronze Age, through the Philistine kingdoms and the Judahite expansion, up to the Persian and Hellenistic province of Idumea.

I would like to sign up for the following course(s) for credit. I understand that the cost is $300 per course. I also understand that I must be a registered participant in the Lautenschläger Azekah excavation in order to take the class(es) for credit.


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