International Field School on Archaeological Science

The week-long course entitled Field School on Archaeological Science is offered by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Registered students will participate in an excavation where Kimmel Center personnel are actively carrying out research.  The purpose of the course is to expose students to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences, in the field. The students will experience interactive work that combines excavation and analysis of materials using an on-site laboratory. The course will emphasize the inter-connection between laboratory analyses and the archaeological context, and includes fieldwork, laboratory work, and lectures. Between 6 and 9 students are accepted for the course.

The course takes place for a week in July. Students who have little or no experience in excavations are asked to spend a week prior to the course learning excavation techniques. Selected students may also stay for one week after the course and join the various research projects of the Kimmel Center.
The cost for Bed and Board is around $400 per week, but varies from year to year.
Course supervisors and their fields of expertise:

  • Prof. Steve Weiner (WIS): mineralogical analyses, phytoliths, site formation processes
  • Prof. Elisabetta Boaretto (WIS): radiocarbon dating, materials analysis
  • Dr Filipe Natalio: prehistory, flint materials properties
  • Dr Lior Regev: radiocarbon dating; dendrochronology

Applications are limited to third year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students. The best students will be selected based on their knowledge of archaeology and the natural sciences. Applications should include one paragraph explaining why the student is interested in participating in this course, CV, list of grades and two names of referees, should be sent no later than March 1st to one of the organizers.